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Vancouver fire crews called to reported explosion in underground utility vault

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Video sent to Global News show Vancouver fire crews on scene after they were called to attend an explosion and car fire under the Granville Street Bridge. – Jan 5, 2021

Vancouver fire crews were called to an explosion in an underground utility vault in the city’s downtown area Tuesday.

The call came in at 3 p.m. of an explosion and vehicle fire in the area of Pacific and Granville streets, Jonathan Gormick, public information officer for Vancouver Fire Rescue Services, confirmed.

“We arrived to find a minor car fire that was quickly extinguished, but not far away there appears to be an explosion in an underground utility vault,” Gormick added.

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Seven units responded to the call, along with Vancouver police officers and BC Hydro.

It is not yet known what caused the explosion.

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There is significant damage to the sidewalk, Gormick said, and damage to vehicles around the explosion at street level.

There have been no reported injuries.

It is not yet known when the area will fully reopen.

 

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The sidewalk and several cars parked near Granville Street and Pacific Street were damaged in the explosion. Credit: Sergio Magro / Global News.

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