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Tri-Cities fire crews battle Port Moody downtown blaze

Fire destroys Port Moody heritage buildings
Two commercial buildings in Port Moody have been destroyed after a challenging fire broke out Sunday night.

Multiple fire crews from across the Tri-Cities converged on the scene of a structure fire in downtown Port Moody early Sunday evening.

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The blaze broke out at around 6 p.m. in the 2400-block of Clarke Street between Queens and Kyle, gutting at least two heritage buildings.

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A thick plume of black smoke blown eastward by the evening breeze choked the downtown Port Moody area, and several streets were closed as crews battled the blaze.

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By 9:50 p.m., fire crews from both Port Moody Fire Rescue and Coquitlam Fire and Rescue were still engaged, but had brought the fire under control.

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The fire knocked out power to about 1,800 customers for a period of time.

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One firefighter suffered a minor ankle injury.

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The cause of the fire is under investigation.