November 24, 2018 1:43 pm
Updated: November 24, 2018 9:49 pm

2 Vancouver seniors treated after pair of separate residential fires

Global News

It was a busy Saturday for Vancouver fire crews, called to a pair of separate residential fires.

An 80-year-old woman suffered burns following a fire in a three-storey downtown Vancouver apartment building early Saturday morning.

Assistant Chief of Operations Kevin Wilson said crews received the call at 2:38 a.m.

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Flames could be seen coming from the building located in the 700 block of West 8 Avenue, he said, adding that the building is older and did not have a sprinkler system to help combat the blaze.

The fire was sparked in the woman’s suite, and she was taken to hospital with burns of undetermined severity. Though the suite suffered extensive damage, the fire didn’t spread to other units, Wilson said.

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An investigator has been on scene, Wilson noted, and determined the fire was accidental and not suspicious in nature.

Investigators are still looking into the cause.

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Fire crews were called to a separate two-alarm fire in the 5700-block of Athalone Street around 10 a.m.

Firefighters say an elderly woman there was treated for smoke inhalation, but was able to walk to an ambulance.

Crews say the fire started in a kitchen and got out of control, but was contained to the lower floor of the house.

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