Huge fire in Vancouver, large smoke plume

A massive fire destroyed a building on East Hastings Street in Vancouver on Wednesday night, and firefighters report no injuries.

Brad Hesse, assistant chief of operations for the Vancouver fire and rescue services, says crews arrived at 1820 East Hastings Street just before 10 p.m. to find a fully involved fire.

More than 45 firefighters rushed to the large blaze, which spread across the city and released a large plume of smoke.

Hasse says it is a third alarm fire and the building collapsed on itself.

“No reports of injuries,” Hesse said.

A nearby building suffered some heat damage, but the fire was confined to the Value Village building.

“The [firefighters] will definitely be tired, we will be here for a while,” he says.

The cause of the fire is not yet clear at this time.