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Major fire destroys 7 businesses in Vancouver’s Kerrisdale neighbourhood

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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.

WATCH BELOW: Demolition begins on Kerrisdale businesses destroyed by fire

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Demolition begins on Kerrisdale businesses destroyed by fire – Jun 23, 2017

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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A fire ripped through a Kerrisdale business on June 23, 2017. Jill Bennett | Global News
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A fire ripped through a Kerrisdale business on June 23, 2017. Jill Bennett | Global News

With files from the Canadian Press and Global News

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