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West End bike shop gutted in 3-alarm Vancouver fire

Water drips from the ceiling of Bikes and Blades on Denman Street. The building suffered significant damage in a fire Sunday morning. Global News

A Vancouver bike shop has been gutted in a fire that saw more than 50 firefighters called to the city’s West End.

Crews were called to Bikes and Blades on Denman Street Sunday morning, where a fire had broken out in the back of the wood framed building.

Battalion Chief Dale Parno said the fire began in the alley behind the shop, but quickly spread inside.

Crews on the scene of a three-alarm fire in Vancouver’s west end Sunday. Kevin Church / Global News

“The fire extended through the walls and all the way along the roof of the bike shop,” he said, adding that the age of the building made the fire more challenging to fight.

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Firefighters searched the building said they were confident no one was inside at the time or hurt.

“The damage is quite extensive to the bike shop, the whole roof line has been affected, as well as, we managed to save most of the contents of the convenience store, and the suites upstairs will not be habitable for some time,” said Parno.

It’s not clear yet what caused the fire, however, Parno said a fire investigator was called to the scene.

There has been no word yet on what caused the fire.

However, firefighters are asking people to stay away from the area, and that Denman Street is blocked between Georgia Street and Robson Street. There were also partial closures on Alberni Street.

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