Fire damages apartment complex in east Vancouver

first_imgA fire that started on a third-floor balcony broke out at the Sterling Heights Apartments complex in east Vancouver Thursday evening. It burned its way into the attic, but firefighters stopped it before it spread to the rest of a building.No one was reported injured in the two-alarm blaze, but it caused about $200,000 damage.The Vancouver Fire Department was called to Building C of the complex at 1221 S.E. Ellsworth Road at 7:42 p.m. The first crew arrived in six minutes to find smoke coming from the roof, said Capt. Chris Moen.Firefighters parked a ladder truck by each end of the three-story building, extended the ladders to the roof and made holes to vent heat and smoke.Crews entered the apartment on the top floor where the fire started. Using extra-long pike poles, they pulled down part of the apartment’s ceiling and streamed water into the flaming attic.The flames were under control at 8:06 p.m. About 30 firefighters worked at the scene.Although the multi-building complex has fire sprinklers in all rooms, none protected the top-floor balcony where the fire started.In the end, the apartment where the blaze broke out was heavily damaged, and several units next to and below it sustained water and smoke damage.last_img

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