July 11, 2018 1:55 pm

Second fire breaks out at Kitsilano building gutted by flames

WATCH: Vancouver fire forces residents to flee


Vancouver firefighters were called back Wednesday morning to the site of a large fire that destroyed a popular Mexican restaurant in Kitsilanto last week.

Firefighters say another small fire broke out around 6:30 a.m. behind the building that housed the Topanga Cafe on W 4th Avenue at Bayswater Street.

READ MORE: Fire breaks out in building housing Kitsilano’s popular Topanga Cafe

Crews were able to knock the flames down in about an hour.

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The fire is being considered suspicious.

“The evidence is pointing to a set fire,” said Vancouver Fire Rescue Capt. Johnathan Gormick.

“We were on scene for 14 hours cooling that pile, and we had a rainy wet weekend. The chances of a rekindle happening a week later are almost non-existent.”

READ MORE: At least 5 families displaced by early morning fire in Chilliwack

The initial fire, which broke out early in the morning of July 5, gutted the century-old building, including the restaurant and a foot reflexology business.

It also destroyed the apartment block on the second floor, forcing the tenants of two units from their homes.

Investigators believe the original fire was an accident, likely caused by a cigarette.

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