Vancouver firefighters say a search has concluded nobody was trapped in the rubble of the old Ridge Theatre on Arbutus Street near 16th Avenue on Wednesday morning.

The search was sparked after parts of the building were knocked down before crews checked to make sure if squatters, who had been suspected of using the building at night, had cleared out this morning.

Firefighters say they found no evidence anyone was trapped in the rubble after using a thermal imaging camera, a search and rescue dog, and a Vancouver Police Department robot to search the site.