UPDATE: The fire has been extinguished and West Broadway has fully reopened.
Traffic is not flowing through West Broadway between Cambie Street and Main Street in Mount Pleasant due to a major fire at the African Arts and Percussions building.
The blaze at the musical instrument store at 163 West Broadway began shortly after 9 pm Sunday.
Multiple engines from Vancouver Fire Services are at the scene fighting the blaze. Police are also present in the area managing the road closures in both directions between Main and Cambie.
Transit riders should expect significant delays due to bus route detours. The No. 9 trolley will travel through downtown Vancouver via Main, Pender, Homer, Cordova, Cambie, Nelson, and the Cambie Street Bridge before continuing its regular route on Broadway.
The 99 B-Line will take Quebec, 2nd Avenue, and Yukon before returning to Broadway. The Canada Line’s Broadway-City Hall Station is unaffected.
A large area of the neighbourhood is currently in the dark due to the fire, according to BC Hydro. Over 2,400 customers are affected.
At one point, flames billowing out from the building were several storeys taller than the three-storey heritage structure.
— Nelson the Seagull (@gastownseagull) October 16, 2017
— Derek Kwan (@derekkwan) October 16, 2017
— Alisa Yao (@aymyao) October 16, 2017
— Walker J Adair (@WalkerJAdair) October 16, 2017
— Mat Thomas (@EmptyUK) October 16, 2017