Fire at Grange St. highrise deemed suspicious

Residents gather outside their Grange Street highrise. - Curtis Kreklau/Contributed
Residents gather outside their Grange Street highrise.
— image credit: Curtis Kreklau/Contributed

Burnaby RCMP are investigating after a fire Monday night in the penthouse level of a Metrotown-area highrise was deemed suspicious.

Residents in four suites on the 27th and top floor at 4390 Grange St. are still not yet able to return home while they await restoration work, said Burnaby Fire Department acting Capt. Jeff Wilson on Tuesday.

Burnaby firefighters were called at 8:50 p.m. Monday and responded with 35 firefighters and nine department vehicles, a typical response for a highrise incident, Wilson said.

The blaze started in the corridor of the 27th floor and eventually spread to one suite, with others on that floor also sustaining smoke damage.

The entire building was evacuated, including at least five people from the 27th floor. One man, the building manager, was taken to hospital, treated for smoke inhalation and released.

Firefighters remained on scene until 2 a.m., Wilson said. Apart from the residents of the penthouse suites, everyone was allowed to return to their homes.

Burnaby RCMP have taken over the investigation and have no suspects, Corp. Brenda Gresiuk said Tuesday afternoon.

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