A large early-morning fire in downtown New Westminster has destroyed businesses and heritage buildings. Over 30 firefighters are currently on the scene continuing to battle the blaze and assess the damage.
The fire started around 4 a.m. at the intersection of Columbia and Mackenzie Streets. It quickly spread taking down a bridal store, Copps Shoes (a family owned business for over three generations) and a Vietnamese restaurant.
Many watched as they saw an entire city block go up in flames and taking with it a lot of history.
There will be no cars or pedestrians allowed in the area as the investigation continues. The exact cause of the fire is still unknown.
Front Street is currently closed eastbound and westbound. Columbia Street is closed between 4th Street and 8th Street, and 6th Street is closed from Carnarvon Street to Front Street.
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