Large Port Coquitlam Fire destroys multiple homes, prompts evacuation

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A fire starting in an unfinished home Tuesday morning has destroyed two others and seriously damaged another two.

Port Coquitlam Fire and Rescue says the fire started before 6am and when they arrived, three homes were completely engulfed by flames up to 40 feet tall. Explosions could also be seen and heard.

Fire investigators have been on scene for most of the day and have started searching for a cause in partnership with RCMP.

“When it cools down at the centre of this blaze we’ll go in with investigators and have a look and determine what may have caused this fire. If it is suspicious, it’ll stay with police,” says Corporal Michael Maclaughlin.

A portion of the street including up to nine homes were also evacuated due to a gas meter that had caught on fire until utilities were able to shut off gas later in the morning. Neighbours evacuated due to concerns over the burning gas line were sent to an emergency reception centre set up at the Hyde Creek Recreation complex.

Fortunately no injuries have been reported, however up to 20 people have been displaced due to the damage.

Born and raised minutes from Motown, in Windsor Ontario, I got my start in radio and print in Canada’s southernmost city before opportunities reporting and anchoring for television brought me to Muskoka and eventually North Bay. More recently, I served Kingston as a Videojournalist and News Director for an app-based company. Beautiful Vancouver British Columbia is home now and I’m excited to get to know my new community by serving as a multimedia reporter & anchor at 98.3 FM!