A fire has broken out in Vancouver’s Chinatown neighbourhood after several explosions were reported near Keefer Street.
In a statement posted to social media, Vancouver Police said Vancouver Fire Rescue is on scene battling the blaze.
Traffic is affected throughout the area and drivers are advised to take alternate routes.
Fire near Main & Keefer in Vancouver’s Chinatown. Felt an explosion just before seeing this. Hope everyone is okay 🙏 pic.twitter.com/gd8VQ7zDWv
— Sam (@SamuelGorski) September 9, 2022
This is the latest in a series of fires that have ravaged the Downtown Eastside in recent months. Earlier this year, the Winters Hotel burned leaving two people dead and dozens unhoused. Both a Value Village on East Hastings and East Vancouver’s Street Church burned down shortly after. More recently, an SRO building at Princess and Powell Street burned down.
There is no indication that any of the fires are connected.