Tragic Fire takes life at Vancouver Shelter

A fire at one of the Vancouver’s downtown homeless housing shelters at a former Vancouver Quality Inn located at 1335 Howe Street, near the Granville Street bridge today took a life of one of the residents there.

The fire which broke out early this evening at the Howe Street site ( a hotel converted by the City of Vancouver in 2014 ) which provides spaces for up to 175 residents was localized to a single room/floor. The fire led to a closure of Howe Street from Davie to Pacific, and Drake from Granville to Hornby Streets. The Vancouver Police, Fire and Ambulance Departments arrived on site were unable to save the victim who was found dead.

Bus blocking Howe Street - north towards Davie
City bus used to block Howe Street – north toward Davie Street

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All Clear is given for the response teams
All Clear is given for the response teams
VFD Chaplain Bruce R. at the site
VFD Chaplain Bruce R. at the site

The cause of death has not been released but speaking to the emergency response teams it appears that personal possessions and a mattress in a private room caught fire and led to the death.

Vancouver Quality Inn Hotel
Vancouver Quality Inn Hotel

The Howe Street facility was converted in 2014 along with a number of other facilities by the City of Vancouver to house the city’s homeless who were camping at areas such as the Oppenheimer Park.

Homeless passes in front of the scene of the fire
Homeless passes in front of the scene of the fire

for more:

City of Vancouver facility page

http://www.vancitybuzz.com/2014/09/downtown-vancouvers-quality-inn-converted-157-units-temporary-homeless-housing/

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