Vancouver firefighters battling blaze at house in Kitsilano

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      In a city already shrouded in smoke, more smoke is coming from a three-alarm fire in Kitsilano that Vancouver firefighters are battling.

      This afternoon (August 23), fire crews responded to a single three-story house in the 2700 block of West 3rd Avenue.

      2700 block of West 3rd Avenue

      According to Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services, because the fire is in the attic of a residence, the structure is compromised and entry is unsafe. Consequently, fire crews are applying water from the exterior of the house.

      Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services

      McDonald Street has been closed between Cornwall Avenue and 4th Avenue.

      Smoke from the fire is adding to the poor air quality already affected by smoke from B.C. wildfires.

      Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services

      The fire occurred only a few blocks away from where a three-alarm blaze broke out at Topanga Café at 2904 West 4th Avenue on July 5. CBC News reported that fire officials determined that fire began outside the building and ruled the fire accidental, though could not specify the exact cause due to the level of destruction.