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Thick smoke rolled over the Vancouver skyline on Sunday, as firefighters struggled to control a blaze in the city’s historic Gastown district.
Dozens of firefighters were called in to battle the fire in a three-storey heritage building that houses a consignment clothing store and a marijuana cafe on its main floor.
The blaze erupted Sunday morning.
The owner of the ‘Blunt Bros.’ marijuana cafe says he’s not sure if he’ll rebuild his business.
“It’s kinda sad in a way,” he told CTV Vancouver, describing the store as a Vancuover institution.
“As much as it’s a business, its a clearing house of counter culture started with the hippies, and the punks, pot heads and stuff.”
Although officials haven’t determined the cause of the fire, they believe it started in a dumpster behind the premise.
“We got a report early of three countainer fires burning in the alley — and the fire was impinging on the building,” one firefighter told CTV.
Officials said, incidentally, they also found an illegal marijuana grow operation in the building.
At the height of the firefight, 11 firetrucks and about 50 firefighters were reportedly on the scene.
As a result of the fire, power was out for several hours, roads in the area were closed and public transit was delayed.
At least three area businesses are believed destroyed, but no injuries have been reported.
It’s still not known whether the heritage building will have to be destroyed.