Blaze erupts in downtown Squamish Monday morning 

click to enlarge PHOTO BY STEVEN CHUA - A structure fire blazes in downtown Squamish on April 8.
  • Photo by Steven Chua
  • A structure fire blazes in downtown Squamish on April 8.

Squamish Fire Rescue is on scene at a large structure fire at Third Avenue and Vancouver Street in downtown Squamish.

RCMP Cpl. Sascha Banks, media relations officer, told The Chief one person is in hospital with smoke inhalation. The cause of the fire is unknown.

Three fire trucks are there to battle the blaze and all firefighters were called in. Six police officers are on scene.

Mark Rice who works at a nearby construction site says he saw smoke coming out.

He called 911 and his crew banged on the building doors to alert anyone who may have been there.

There is significant smoke and District staff is speaking with Vancouver Coastal Health to understand any air quality issues, Christina Moore, a spokeswoman with the District, told The Chief.

"Residents should stay clear of the area and if in the vicinity keep windows and doors sealed to homes and buildings as a precaution, and to avoid the smoke entering their buildings."

Mohammed Azim of the Sea to Sky school district is at the fire and says school buildings are not affected. He saw smoke and checked the school site, he told The Chief.

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