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12/31/2013 10:18 EST | Updated 03/02/2014 05:59 EST

East Vancouver Fire Has Victims Leaping To Safety

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VANCOUVER - An old, multi-storey home in east Vancouver was destroyed Tuesday morning, but everyone got out safely after flames gutted the attic and upper floors.

Vancouver Fire Chief John McKearney said fire broke out around 5 a.m. and the home, which had been divided into four suites, was fully engulfed when crews arrived.

Several occupants had to be rescued by ladder and three were taken to hospital as a precaution, along with a firefighter who was believed to have suffered a separated shoulder.

McKearney said the fire appeared to have started at the rear of the home in an area where several cars were parked, then quickly ran up the side of the building and into the attic.

A 19-year-old woman who lived in the uppermost suite was unaccounted for in the hours after firefighters controlled the flames but she had been located, safe and sound, by mid-morning.

What sparked the fire remains under investigation but McKearney said it didn't appear suspicious, although he expected it would take several days to confirm a cause. (Global)

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