Destroyed by fire

UPDATE: 8:45 a.m.

Vancouver firefighters expect to begin scouring the charred remains of a Vancouver-area scrapyard, searching for the cause of a Monday night blaze that rattled the area with the sound of exploding fuel tanks.

Vancouver Fire and Rescue assistant chief Kevin Wilson says flames broke out just before 9 p.m. at the business in northeast Vancouver, not far from Burrard Inlet.

He says the small explosions came from a motorcycle repair business at the site.

Several motorcycles burned, along with propane and acetylene tanks.

Wilson says heavy fog trapped the thick smoke over the neighbourhood, making the situation even more unpleasant for nearby residents.

He says "considerable gases and flames" were generated by the fire and the foggy, windless weather kept the smelly blanket from dissipating quickly, but no one was hurt and the fire was brought under control within hours.

– The Canadian Press

ORIGINAL: 6:20 a.m.

An abandoned building was destroyed by fire in Burnaby overnight.

The blaze destroyed a vacant building on Byrne Road, near Marine Way late Monday, CTV News tweeted.

The Burnaby Fire Department says the fire is considered suspicious. RCMP are investigating with fire officials.

There is no word yet on the cause of the blaze.

– with files from CTV Vancouver

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