Fire destroys Value Village in East Vancouver

Click to play video: 'Three-alarm fire engulfs Value Village on Hastings Street'
Three-alarm fire engulfs Value Village on Hastings Street
A massive fire completely gutted a thrift store in East Vancouver Wednesday night. Nearly 50 firefighters responded to Value Village on East Hastings near Victoria Drive around 10 p.m – Jun 30, 2022

A fire has gutted the large Value Village thrift store in East Vancouver.

Firefighters were called to the second-hand store on East Hastings Street near Victoria Drive around 10 p.m. on Wednesday and found it fully engulfed.

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Dozens of people living in the surrounding area stood across the street and watched the building burn up and collapse as crews aimed several hoses into the site.

It turned into a three-alarm blaze with 47 firefighters deployed, officials said.

Half an hour after it started, authorities said the flames were 85 per cent contained.

However, pictures and video from the scene show that the structure was largely rubble by then.

At its peak, Global News viewers reported seeing smoke and hints of flame from as far away as North Vancouver.

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The fire did not spread to any neighbouring buildings, according to Vancouver Fire Rescue, though some did suffer smoke and heat damage.

There is no indication that anyone was injured in the fire, officials said, and no word yet on the cause.

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