Thick black smoke continues fills the air in from fire at a church on East 50th and Quebec St in Vancouver.
It started early Thursday afternoon.
Assistant chief Dale Booth from Vancouver Fire…
“The cause appears to be accidental from some roofers that were doing some repairs to the roof of the church.”
Firefighters were forced to take a defensive stance..
“Fortunately there appears to be no impingement with the church. It’s kind of isolated, but right now were just trying to keep the smoke down; keep the fire down and hopefully save the main structure of the church.”
The full extent of damage won’t be known until the morning.
UPDATE 7:00pm Thursday, May 7, 2015
A third alarm fire has broken out in the roof of a church on E 50th Ave & Quebec St.
Vancouver Fire says crews are making an aggressive attack, working on roof ventilation.
The fire department’s twitter account says the blaze was reported by roofers while working on the roof.
The twitter accounts reports crews have transitioned to defensive, with all firefighters and occupants evacuated.
UPDATE: 8am Friday, May 8, 2015
No injuries but substantial damage from yesterday’s 3-alarm church fire at East 50th Avenue and Quebec Street in Vancouver.
“The investigator and insurance adjusters are going to probably be in there today, as well as the building engineer to see how structurally sound the roof is. It had some fairly significant laminated beams that went across and hopefully they’re salvageable. But as far as the roof itself, I think the roof itself is completely compromised.”
That’s Vancouver Assistant Fire Chief Dale Booth, who says 50 firefighters put the fire out at 9 last night.
Two-and-a-half hours later, they were called to a brush fire just above Siwash Rock in Stanley Park.
“Yah, we had our teams above the fire throwing water down from above. We had to deploy our fireboat and out fireboat got it from the water side and we’ve got a really long reaching monitor on the front of our fireboat and it was able to hit the base of the tree.”
As for a cause….
“It’s unkown at this time. Our investigators are heading out there this morning just to have a peak around. But I mean you have a fire in a park for no reason at all, I would probably think there was some type of human factor that may have contributed to it.”
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