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UPDATE: Fire in highrise at Station Square in Burnaby
A serious fire that broke out in a highrise at Station Square—next to Metropolis at Metrotown—this morning (Friday) in Burnaby has now been put out.
Just before 8 a.m. two Burnaby RCMP officers were driving by when they noticed smoke and flames coming from the building, said Burnaby RCMP Corp. Lea-Anne Dunlop at the scene.
They notified dispatchers and began helping people evacuate the building—the elderly and people in wheelchairs who couldn't get out on their own—before the first 911 calls were made, with fire crews arriving shortly afterwards.
The fire was contained to one suite. "As far as we know, [the suite] was not occupied at the time," said Dunlop.
People at the scene reported seeing smoke from an upper floor, about 10 storeys up, and seeing residents in floors above the fire at their windows waving for help. One of the officers was also seen coming out of the building and vomiting on the sidewalk—apparently from smoke inhalation.
The building is at the southeast corner of McKay Avenue and Kingsborough Street.
More than eight fire trucks were on scene and the entire area around the intersection was blocked to traffic.
Residents sat inside a Coast Mountain Bus Company transit bus parked nearby as they awaited word on when they could return to their homes.
By 9:30 a.m. fire crews said the 10th and 11th floors were still evacuated, but the rest of the building had been deemed safe. Some residents on other floors stayed in their suites, and were unaffected.
There were windows broken where the fire occurred, and soot around the window frames.
"Really today, I mean, very lucky that nobody was seriously injured, obviously there's some very extensive damage to that suite, but police, fire and ambulance all did a great job making sure that everyone in the building was taken care of, received medical care and they're all safe now," Dunlop said.
Other than people being treated for smoke inhalation, there were no injuries.
~ with files from Chris Bryan