A Huge Fire Engulfs A Building In Vancouver's Gastown & Police Tell People To Stay Away

Several people have been rescued.

Western Canada Editor
Smoke coming from a fire in Vancouver's Gastown. Right: Smoke coming from a fire in Vancouver's Gastown.

Smoke coming from a fire in Vancouver's Gastown. Right: Smoke coming from a fire in Vancouver's Gastown.

A huge fire broke out in the Gastown neighbourhood of Vancouver, and people have been posting videos of it on social media.

The Vancouver Police Department advised drivers to stay away from Gastown due to a "structure fire" in the area.

Vancouver Fire Chief Karen Fry said in a tweet that anyone downtown should "keep your windows shut to avoid the toxic smoke."

Right now, there have been no details released on what caused the fire, but there have been people rescued, according to Fry.

Photos on Twitter show billows of smoke coming from the area.

The grey smoke can be seen from a distance. In some videos, loud emergency vehicle sirens can be heard.

Many people in apartments near the fire have captured it.

Fry also posted a video on Twitter of the scene and said that several people have been rescued.

Another update from Fry said that firefighters rescued someone from the building's second floor.

Vancouver Fire Rescue Services has yet to make a statement in regards to the fire.

It is unknown if anyone has been injured.

This is a developing story. Check back for more details.

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