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South Vancouver fire deemed suspicious, fireworks suspected

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Investigators are appealing for any information that can help them confirm the cause of a fire that could very easily have been fatal. Several people were rescued from an apartment building in Marpole and as Aaron McArthur reports, witnesses reported seeing young people playing with fireworks just moments before it started – Nov 20, 2019

Vancouver police say a three-alarm fire that badly damaged a Marpole apartment building is suspicious.

Crews were called to the three-storey apartment complex on Southwest Marine Drive near Heather Street around 2:30 a.m., Tuesday.

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Firefighters battle three alarm fire in Vancouver – Nov 19, 2019

Police said Wednesday that they believe the fire started outside the building, before spreading to the rest of the structure.

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Police added that witnesses had reported hearing fireworks, and seeing a group of people walking away from the building at the time of the fire.

READ MORE: 7 people rescued from 3-alarm fire at Vancouver apartment complex

“We believe someone out there knows how this fire started. We’re asking them to do the right thing and come forward,” Sgt. Steve Addison said in a media release.

“This fire caused significant damage, destroyed a number of homes and put dozens of people in harm’s way.”

Fire crews had to rescue seven people from the building, including five who had to be saved from their balconies.

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Fire kills one at Vancouver fruit packaging company – Nov 13, 2019

The fire hurt two people, including a 33-year-old man who was hospitalized with serious injuries.

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Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services said the fire has displaced 22 people from their homes.

READ MORE: ‘A very, very difficult night’: 1 dead in East Vancouver fire

Police are looking for any witnesses or video related to the incident.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Vancouver police or Crime Stoppers if they wish to remain anonymous.

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