One person was taken to hospital with serious injuries after an early morning fire on Sunday, Feb. 11.
Vancouver Fire Rescue Service (VFRS) was called to a fire at a 3-storey residential building near the intersection of Nanaimo and East 45th Ave. around 6 a.m.
"On arrival, crews saw smoke coming from a 3rd storey unit and upgraded the incident to a 2nd alarm fire with 10 apparatus on scene," according to a VFRS press release.
Firefighters were able to get into the building quickly and keep the fire from spreading throughout the structure, evacuating people at the same time.
In the unit on fire they found one person already in serious condition, according to the VFRS.
"Crews provided medical aid on scene to the individual and was transported by BCEHS to hospital," states VFRS.
The fire was quickly knocked down, but residences aside from the one that was on fire have been affected by smoke and water; those living there are being assisted.
The VFRS says the fire is a good reminder to always have working smoke alarms directly outside any sleeping area. Doors should be closed at night, fire experts advise.