“Fires will continue in the harbour” as fires rage in port of Vancouver
A massive blaze that broke out in the harbor of Vancouver on Saturday evening has killed at least four people and destroyed more than $200 million worth of property.
The blaze is believed to have started after a crane carrying a shipment of goods fell onto a ramp, according to the city.
The crane was on its way to a construction site in Port Coquitlam when it went airborne and hit the ramp on its side.
It broke apart, leaving dozens of people stranded.
“It’s been a horrible fire season and the last week of July has been a devastating fire season for Vancouver,” said city spokesman Mark Gaudette.
“We’re working to get everyone out as quickly as possible.”
The fire is believed in the area of the new port at Port Coquihalla.
It’s also the second major disaster to hit the port in two weeks.
In May, another fire tore through the port, killing three people.
On July 6, two men died in a similar blaze that ripped through the docks of the Port of Vancouver.
There have been several fires in Vancouver since July, including a fire in the Port District that killed three people and burned the nearby port for days.
On Saturday, fire crews fought the blaze with a fire extinguisher that also was fitted with a water cannon.
At least six buildings were destroyed in the fire, according the City of Vancouver, but most of the damage was done in the city’s downtown area.
“The cause of this fire is still under investigation,” Gaudettes said.
“This is a significant incident that has had a significant impact on downtown and our harbour and it will take time for all of us to recover from this fire.”