Crews douse flames at East Vancouver property with history of fires

A fire at the same property in May destroyed two homes. Global News

Fire crews were called to a property in East Vancouver’s Strathcona neighbourhood on Wednesday that’s been the site of several other recent fires.

The supposedly vacant home is on Prior Street, just east of Gore Avenue.

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“Crews arrived to find a fire in some of the rubble and debris that was left from the destroyed premises,” said Vancouver Fire Rescue spokesperson Capt. Jonathan Gormick.

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Wednesday’s fire was just the latest in a string of fires at the property.

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Back at the end of May, a massive fire at the property spread to three neighbouring homes. Two houses were destroyed in that fire, and a dozen people were forced to flee.

Gormick said this fire also appears suspicious.

“They’ll need to gather evidence,” he said. “But on a site like this where there are no utilities and no other appliances it’s hard to imagine there would be a source of ignition other than something suspicious.”

At the time, the property had been fenced off from a previous fire.

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In the wake of the May fire, investigators found evidence that squatters had been living inside the vacant property.

With files from Jordan Armstrong

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