A few readers alerted us to a major fire in Gastown this morning, and we just received a note from restaurateur Sean Heather (of the Irish Heather):
Heads up…..5 engine fire in apartments above Incendio and Canvas. Difficult to breath air in Gastown right now. Water and smoke damage to Incendio is of shut down proportion.
That puts it at 103 Columbia at Gore. Bummer.
Update from News 1130:
Crews are on the scene of a three alarm fire in Gastown at this hour. At least 20 people have been cleared from a building on Alexander Street near Columbia, which has a restaurant on the ground floor and several apartments above.
Witnesses say it appears the fire started on the ground floor inside the Incendio Pizzeria. Firefighters are still looking for potential hotspots.
There’s no word on a cause of the fire, or if anyone has been injured.
Vancouver Police have now closed Alexander between Main and Carrall Street, as well as Cordova between Main and Columbia.
Andrew Morrison is a west coast boy who studied history and classics at the Universities of Cape Town and Toronto after an adolescence spent riding skateboards and working in restaurants. He is the editor of Scout Magazine, the weekly food and restaurant columnist for the Westender newspaper, and a contributor to Vancouver and Western Living magazines.