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Vancouver fire crews called to 2-alarm blaze at West End highrise

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Flames poured out of an apartment in Vancouver's West End Thursday afternoon. As Aaron McArthur reports, rescue crews were quick to arrive on scene, knocking the blaze down swiftly – Jun 11, 2021

Multiple units were heavily damaged in a fire Thursday night in a high-rise apartment building in Vancouver’s West End.

Flames broke out in the building near Comox and Thurlow streets around the dinner hour.

Residents helped to bring a 96-year-old resident down the stairs after the fire broke out. She was unharmed but shaken.

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Thick black smoke and flames could be seen shooting from the windows and balcony of the unit, which appeared to be on the 12th floor.

Firefighters could be seen working inside the unit after knocking the flames down.

The building is older so it has no sprinklers inside.

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It is not known how the fire started at this time but fire crews said the unit where the fire started appears to have been unoccupied when the blaze broke out.

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