An early morning house fire near McGill and Renfrew streets was caused by a vehicle crashing into the home.
North Vancouver RCMP said around midnight a vehicle “blew through” a roadblock on the Main Street on-ramp to Highway One.
Mounties gave chase over the Ironworkers Memorial Second Narrows Crossing bridge and found that the suspect vehicle had crashed into a home.
The driver fled the scene but was quickly arrested.
Pictures from the scene depict a high-speed collision as the vehicle slammed through a wooden fence and into the home.
The fire caused extensive damage to the home.
North Vancouver RCMP said alcohol consumption is believed to be a factor in the incident.
Vancouver Fire Rescue Services said the home is uninhabitable and four residents have been displaced.
Firefighters said the blaze was ignited when the suspect vehicle struck a natural gas line. The line quickly turned into a “blow torch” and it took more than an hour to shut off the gas.
Emergency support services have been activated for the displaced residents.
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