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'Weight of sadness': Historic outdoor Kitsilano theatre catches fire overnight

Locals are dismayed at the news and hope the theatre can make a quick recovery.
The Kitsilano Showboat caught fire just after midnight on April 22, 2023. The cause of the fire is unknown.

A locally-loved amphitheatre caught fire last night. 

Vancouver firefighters responded to a blaze at the Kitsilano Showboat at 12:08 a.m. on Saturday, April 22. 

Vancouver Fire Rescue Services (VFRS) Asst. Chief Keith Stewart tells V.I.A. that the venue and stage were fully involved in the fire when crews arrived, but firefighters were able to put the flames out quickly.

A total of 24 firefighters responded to the fire. 

The Kitsilano Showboat suffered a lot of water and fire damage, notes Stewart.  

Nobody was at the scene when crews arrived and no injuries were reported. 

The cause of the fire is still unknown. 

Locals are dismayed at the news. "Weight of sadness," shares Vancouver Park Board Commissioner Tom Digby alongside a photo of the fire aftermath on Twitter. 

"That's really too bad," replied City Councillor Pete Fry. "Hopefully [it] can be repaired enough to support iconic summer events."

Other Vancouverites chimed in under the tweet hoping that the outdoor theatre can make a quick recovery.


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