Burnaby apartment fire claims one life

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An apartment fire early Saturday morning in Burnaby claimed the life of a man in his late 50s.

Assistant Fire Chief Rick Weir says the fire was quickly upgraded to a three alarm call, meaning they had 45 firefighters on the scene.

“First crews arrived to find intense smoke and heat, but they had a relatively quick knock-down of the fire before finding a body,” he said.

It turned out that there was only one other occupant of the building who was displaced by the fire.

The fire began around 12:30 a.m. at a 16-storey high-rise, at 7264 Kingsway.

Weir says the cause is still under investigation, but it doesn’t appear to be suspicious.

Originally published on CKNW.com

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