Major fire destroys 7 businesses in Vancouver’s Kerrisdale neighbourhood

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7 businesses and 1 home destroyed in stubborn Kerrisdale fire
A huge blaze broke out last night in Kerrisdale, destroying several businesses. Jordan Armstrong has an update on the fire investigation at Maple and 41st – Jun 23, 2017

A major fire in Kerrisdale has destroyed seven businesses and one residential suite overnight.

Dozens of Vancouver firefighters were called to the three-alarm fire at Maple Street and West 41st Avenue around 8:30 p.m. Thursday.

The businesses include a few clothing stores, an ice cream shop, a hair salon and a pizza place. Originally it was reported six businesses had been destroyed but that number has now been updated to seven.

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Demolition begins on Kerrisdale businesses destroyed by fire

Crews remain on scene this morning trying to douse the hotspots from the fire. The buildings will also be torn down due to the extensive damage.

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Smoke could be seen from all over Vancouver when the fire broke out.

Assistant fire chief John Dennis told Global News the multiple access points for the fire required a lot of bodies to help fight the blaze.

In a statement he said no one was hurt in the fire.

The problem is that it’s an older building, it’s probably been renovated many times, and our guys are just having a hard time knocking it down,” said Dennis. “It gets into these attic spaces, and there’s multiple spaces… so it makes things a little difficult for them to access, but they’re working really hard. They’ve probably gone through a couple hundred bottles already just to get into this fire and knock it down, but they’re doing a good job.”

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The cause of the fire has not yet been determined.

A stretch of W 41st Avenue remains closed to all traffic this morning.

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With files from the Canadian Press and Global News

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