House catches fire in Vancouver after hit by car

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A house caught fire in Vancouver early Saturday after the driver of a car, who police allege was evading a road block, smashed into a gas meter.

Firefighters were called out to a vehicle fire at around 1 a.m. near McGill and Renfrew streets. When they arrived they found a two-storey house on fire as well, according to Vancouver Fire and Rescue.

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Vancouver assistant fire chief Randy Boruk said crews were unable to fight the fire until the gas was turned off because it was unsafe.

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“A car hit the gas meter at the house and that ignited,” he said Saturday. “It was like a blow torch so firefighters had to wait for Fortis to come and turn off the gas.”

Four occupants escaped the blaze and there were no injuries to the residents or firefighters, said Boruk.

The house sustained extensive damage, he added.

Vancouver police spokesperson Const. Tania Visintin said the vehicle crashed into the house after the driver allegedly evaded a road block set up by North Vancouver RCMP.

VPD officers assisted with an arrest, but North Vancouver RCMP is investigating. Postmedia has contacted the detachment for more information.

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