North Vancouver residents forced out of home after fire destroys duplex
Two neighbouring houses were also evacuated when the blaze broke out, but were not damaged.
Ten people have been displaced after an early morning fire broke out in a North Vancouver duplex.
Bright flames were reported by residents in front of the home on East 3rd Street just before 2 a.m.
"Flames were shooting out of the roof," said Peter Langer, an international photographer who says he has lived in the house for nearly 34 years.
"We were sleeping when some person screamed, 'fire, fire, fire, get out of the house!'"
North Vancouver fire crews arrived on scene and immediately evacuated the three-storey building, as well as two adjacent houses.
Residents and a number of neighbours all watched as firefighters attacked the stubborn blaze.
"It extended up into the roof area," said District of North Vancouver Battalion Chief Dan Pistilli. "We had some roof collapse, so all the crews pulled out and went defensive."
It took crews around two hours to get the fire under control. Pistilli also said a number of pets were in the building, but firefighters were able to get them out safely.
Four residents from adjacent houses were allowed to return after crews contained the fire, but the six residents from the burning duplex won't be returning home for some time.
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Langer says he left behind a number of his favourite photographs when he started rushing housemates out of the burning building.
"If it's gone, it's gone," said Langer. "Everything is in the house."
Pistilli says the fire does not appear to be suspicious as this time.