70-foot flames at major fire on Granville Street near 49th Avenue (PHOTOS, VIDEOS)

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A major fire has burst out at Vancouver at a seniors’ housing construction site on Granville Street near West 49th Avenue.

Witnesses told Vancity Buzz that flames on Granville Gardens’ multi-storey wooden structure are as high as 70 feet tall. The fire began at approximately 6:30 p.m. and has since spread to tall adjacent trees within the property.

Fire crews with 12 trucks from across the city are responding to the scene and are focusing on containment to prevent the fire from spreading to other properties.

Police have closed off the surrounding roads, including sections of West 49th Avenue and Granville Street within the area. The following bus routes are detoured for the duration of the evening:

  • #10 Downtown/Granville, reroute via Oak Street and 41st Avenue
  • #49 Dunbar/UBC/Metrotown, reroute via Oak Street, 41st Avenue and Arbutus Street
  • #49 Metrotown, reroute via Arbutus Street, 41st Avenue and Oak Street
  • #480 UBC/Bridgeport, via 41st Avenue and Oak Street

Smoke from the fire can be seen across Metro Vancouver. Crowds of people are in the area watching the fire.

Granville Gardens is an assisted seniors living complex, with 62 private studio and one-bedroom suites. It was scheduled to open early next year.

UPDATE at 10:00 p.m. – The fire is contained, but nearby roads remain closed.

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Granville & 49th Fire - Oct. 3rd, 2014
Image: Daniel Leung Photography

Granville & 49th Fire - Oct. 3rd, 2014
Image: Daniel Leung Photography

Granville & 49th Fire - Oct. 3rd, 2014
Image: Daniel Leung Photography

Granville & 49th Fire - Oct. 3rd, 2014
Image: Daniel Leung Photography

Granville & 49th Fire - Oct. 3rd, 2014
Image: Daniel Leung Photography

Granville & 49th Fire - Oct. 3rd, 2014
Image: Daniel Leung Photography

Granville & 49th Fire - Oct. 3rd, 2014
Image: Daniel Leung Photography

 

 

Feature Image: Byron Runka

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