Vacant building on Kingsway in Burnaby goes up in flames

Two-alarm blaze closes Kingsway, forces evacuations at nearby Burnaby hotel
WATCH: One of the busiest streets in Burnaby closed Friday because of a large fire. The two-alarm blaze broke out in a vacant building overnight and forced the evacuation of a nearby hotel. Jennifer Palma has the details.

A building on Kingsway in Burnaby that was gutted by fire Friday morning will have to be torn down.

The building, located in the 5400-block of Kingway, near Royal Oak Street, appears to be vacant and was completely in flames when crews arrived on scene around 3 a.m.

Guests staying at the nearby Best Western Plus had to be evacuated due to the windows breaking and cracking from the intense heat of the flames.

About 30 rooms were affected by heat and smoke, displacing between 30 and 40 people according to the hotel.

“The structure was initially fully involved, right from the first trucks arriving,” said Acting Asst. Chief Dave Younger with the Burnaby Fire Department.

“This fire was defensive from the very start and the roof collapsed quite quickly. It’s a brick structure so there’s still danger of the walls collapsing out into the street.”

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The guests at the hotel were allowed back in a few hours later, with some being moved to other rooms and others being moved to different hotels.

A power pole located outside the building was also damaged and BC Hydro says it will have to be replaced.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.