Langara College Twitter feed instructs people to vacate the campus in response to emergency situation

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      There's an emergency situation underway at Langara College on West 49th Avenue in Vancouver.

      According to the school's Twitter feed, all classes have been cancelled in the T building.

      A subsequent tweet instructs people to stay clear of yellow taped areas.

      "We are continuing to investigate the incident on campus," the school stated in a third tweet. "Please vacate immediately and watch for updates."

      Emergency services personnel are on the scene.

      When one person asked if an earlier tweet only referred to the T building/library, Langara responded: "The whole campus."

      The Straight will provide more information as it becomes available.

      Update #1

      The Langara Voice has reported that fires started in the T building earlier today.

      Update #2

      Langara journalism student Jennifer Blake has reported on her Twitter feed that the evacuation is due to arson in the T building.

      The 12,000-square-metre building included many state-of-the-art facilities when it opened in 2016 at a cost of $48.9 million.

      It's home to the biology, chemistry, and physics department and includes labs for students in computer science and information systems, as well as kinesiology and nursing.

      Update #3

      West 49th Avenue has been closed between Ontario and Columbia streets, according to the college.

      Update #4

      Vancouver police have confirmed over its Twitter feed that the evacuation of Langara College is due to a fire.

      Update #5

      Langara College has asked anyone who say anything suspicious in the T building to contact Vancouver police immediately at 9-1-1.

      Update #6

      Vancouver police say it appears as though a fire at Langara College was "deliberately set".

      Update #7

      TransLink police arrested a suspect in Surrey around 4 p.m. Vancouver police have found several incendiary devices on-campus and are expected to continue their search into the evening.

      Update #8

      Langara College has announced that all classes have been cancelled on Tuesday (April 2) at the main campus on West 49th Avenue.

      Update #9

      Vancouver police announced on April 2 that they have arrested and charged 23-year-old Nasradin Abdusamad Ali in relation to the fires.