Firefighters battle SRO blaze in Downtown Eastside

About 20 residents have been displaced because of water damage.

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About 20 residents of a single-room occupancy hotel in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside have been displaced after fire broke out Saturday.

Firefighters were called out in the afternoon for a fire in a unit on the fifth floor of a building at 166 East Hastings, according to Vancouver Fire and Rescue.

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The fire, which was contained to the suite, was at the Molson Hotel, which is in the heritage Molson’s Bank building built in 1911.

Fire officials don’t know what caused the fire and say everyone escaped unharmed.

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No other units were damaged by fire. However, there is significant water damage to several suites from the working sprinkler system and firefighting efforts.

As a result, the residents will not be allowed back in the building until deemed safe. Emergency services were trying to find accommodation for the displaced residents.

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