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Dramatic early morning fire hits West Broadway restaurant

December 23, 2019

The battle against a blaze in the ground floor of 1521 West Broadway was well underway at 7:34 a.m.

Fire broke out early this morning (December 23) on the northwest corner of South Granville Street and West Broadway Avenue, tying up Westbound traffic at the start of rush hour as firetruck after firetruck answered the call to fight the growing blaze.

A view of the comparatively small amount of smoke coming out of the ground floor restaurant at 7:35 a.m.

At 7:26 a.m. the first two Vancouver Fire and Rescue trucks responded to the two storey brick building at 1521 West Broadway, where a small amount of smoke could be seen coming out both the front and back of the ground floor restaurant Bob Likes Thai Food.

Fast-growing who-knows-how-many alarm fire

By 7:39 a.m. smoke was pouring into the street from both storeys of the narrow building.

Less than half an hour later, by 7:41 a.m., smoke was billowing out into West Broadway from both the first and second floors of 1521 West Broadway and firefighters could be seen fighting the blaze from both the street side and alley sides of the building.

The view in the 1500 block of West Broadway looking east as another firetruck arrived at 7:37 a.m.

The arrival, at 7:41 a.m, of a ladder truck meant that there were at least ten Fire and Rescue vehicles on the scene, along with a small army of firefighters.

By 8:05 a.m., as daylight prevailed, smoke could no longer be seen coming out of the building. The firetrucks were joined by an B.C. Hydro bucket truck and an ambulance.

Large volumes of smoke pouring from the fire at 7:40 a.m., as seen from the corner of South Granville.

According to the Vancouver Sun, there were no injuries and the fire, according to a quote from Vancouver Fire and Rescue assistant chief Dave Rosenlund, was largely contained to the restaurant, with “extensive fire and smoke damage” to the kitchen. Additionlly there was some “minor damage” to the utility room of the BitNational bitcoin business upstairs from the restaurant at 1525 West Broadway.

The last of nine or 10 firetruck arrived on scene at 7:41 a.m.

At 9:22 a.m. the last ladder truck to arrive was still on the scene but westbound traffic on West Broadway was moving smoothly around the remaining Fire and Rescue presence, helped along by community policing officers and transit supervisors.

Bob Likes Thai Food has been at 1521 West Broadway since at least 2015, according to an ad in the Westender newspaper that year. It replaced Go Fish, which, in 2011, replaced Bin 492. Click the images to enlarge them.

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