Authorities respond to a fire in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside near East Hasting Street and Main Street late July 6. According to initial reports, multiple fire engines are at the scene and firefighters are working to prevent the fire from spreading to nearby residential buildings. Emergency personnel would block traffic between Main Street and Columbia Street. Authorities did not immediately issue evacuation orders for nearby buildings.
Heightened security and business disruptions are likely in the coming hours. Continued disruption is likely once firefighters extinguish the blaze as authorities investigate the incident.
Avoid the area until authorities clear it. Heed evacuation orders. Look for alternate routes around the affected area. Allow extra time to reach nearby destinations. Stay indoors and keep windows and doors closed, especially if you have a respiratory condition such as asthma or conditions that increase your risk of exposure to smoke. Eye irritation is possible; rinse irritated eyes thoroughly with clean water.