Firebugs putting lives at risk

For the tenth time in the past month someone has torched a vacant home in Vancouver.

The latest blaze happened in the basement of a duplex on Cambie Street and West 63 Avenue around 8:30 p.m. on Saturday.

The fire was put out quickly, but fire crews are putting their lives on the line every time they have to tackle a structure fire.

“There are hundreds of homes that are sitting empty, and we’re finding that homeless people are moving into them, they’re lighting fires to stay warm and the buildings are catching fire,” said Vancouver Fire Asst. Chief John Dennis, adding putting out vacant house fires has become a nightly routine.

“Firefighters are risking their lives to come out and put these fires out. They work hard, they’re professional, but every time they do they’re putting their lives at risk.”

There have been nearly 30 fires in vacant homes in the last year and 10 in the last month.

Police are investigating the fires, and are asking anyone with information to contact the VPD at 604-717-0605.

- with files from CTV

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