Sunday , April 18 2021

80-year-old woman hospitalized after apartment fire at night

An 80-year-old woman is recovering at the hospital after an overnight fire at her Vancouver building.

Vancouver Fire Services has received phone calls about a fire in the 700 blocks of West 8th Avenue shortly after 2:30 am on Saturday, according to assistant chief of operations Kevin Wilson.

The teams responded to the fire and rescued the woman from her suite on the third floor.

Wilson said he suffered first-degree burns to his neck, arms, face and back.

He said the building where she lived was old and did not have a sprinkler system installed to help fight the flames, but the teams were able to prevent the fire from spreading to other suites in the building.

The fire was considered accidental.

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