British Columbia

2 treated for smoke inhalation after Vancouver SRO fire

Two men were treated for smoke inhalation, after a mattress fire at a Vancouver Single Room Occupancy (SRO) on West Hastings Street.

Officials say a mattress caught fire in a third-floor room

A Portland Hotel resident is loaded into an ambulance after a mattress caught fire in his room Wednesday night. A Portland Hotel Society staff member (seen in background) was also treated for smoke inhalation. (Rafferty Baker/CBC)

Two men were treated for smoke inhalation, after a mattress caught fire at a Vancouver Single Room Occupancy (SRO) on West Hastings Street.

Fire officials said the fire started in a third-floor room at the Portland Hotel, a little after 11 p.m. Wednesday.

The room's barely conscious resident was walked out of the building with the help of first responders, and loaded onto a stretcher. He was treated for smoke inhalation by paramedics with the B.C. Ambulance Service.

A staff member at the social housing facility was also treated for smoke inhalation. 

Fire officials on scene said it was too early to say exactly how the fire started.

Fire crews respond to a fire in a third-floor room at the Portland Hotel in Vancouver. (Rafferty Baker/CBC)

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