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Multimillion-dollar West Point Grey home suffers extensive damage in fire

A $16 million vacant home in Vancouver's exclusive Belmont neighbourhood suffered extensive damage in a fire Monday night.

'The fire started on the outside of the building, advanced right up through all [three] storeys.'

38 firefighters were needed to put out a stubborn fire in a vacant home in Vancouver's exclusive Belmont neighbourhood. (Dillon Hodgin/CBC)

A multimillion-dollar vacant home in Vancouver's exclusive West Point Grey neighbourhood suffered extensive damage in a fire Monday night.

Brian Godlinson, department chief of Vancouver Fire and Rescue, said 38 firefighters attended the two-alarm fire in the 4800 block of Fannin Ave.

"It's been really tough access for us," said Godlinson Monday night. "The fire started on the outside of the building, advanced right up through all [three] storeys and is stuck between a spiral staircase and some false ceilings inside."

The fire started on the exterior of the vacant home and spread throughout the three storeys. (Dillon Hodgin/CBC)

Godlinson described the fire in the 5,000 square foot home as "stubborn" and said crews had a tough time deploying all their equipment.

"Access has been really tough based on the unstable ground. It's right on a cliff we couldn't get an aerial apparatus in," he said.

It's believed the home has been vacant for some time.

Fire investigators will be back at the home today.

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