Elderly man killed in overnight house fire in East Vancouver

Investigators are on the scene of a fatal house fire in East Vancouver.

A man in his 70s who was living in the basement suite of the two-storey home was found collapsed by firefighters responding to the fire at about 4 a.m. Sunday.

Kevin Wilson, assistant chief of operations for Vancouver Fire Rescue said: “It’s a terrible tragedy. It’s something that never leaves anyone involved.”

The home at 2625 East 47th Avenue had been converted into numerous suites. When firefighters arrived there was heavy smoke coming from the basement, Wilson said.

Three people who lived in the upstairs of the home were already outside and alerted firefighters that there was a tenant in the basement. Wilson said firefighters were directed to one area of the basement.

“We were told to enter there. We searched that area methodically but he was found collapsed in the opposite corner of the basement,” Wilson said.

B.C. Ambulance paramedics and firefighters pulled the man into the backyard and worked on reviving him for an hour but he died on the scene.

Wilson said: “The fire investigator is determining the cause and the origin of the fire. He is investigating it right now and is there until he completes his investigation.”

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