Don’t worry, everyone and the roller coaster is safe following a fire at the PNE on Sunday, February 20.
According to a statement from the Pacific National Exhibition (PNE), a fire broke out at the Technical Works Yard on the PNE grounds at Hastings Park.
This part of the PNE holds office space, trad workshops, and storage for vehicles, equipment, and supplies. It’s also where some PNE memorabilia is being stored.
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PNE tech services building explosion pic.twitter.com/h0U8Gnb92S
— Pete Rice (@PeteRic42459493) February 20, 2022
Vancouver Fire Rescue Services reportedly responded and put out the fire. Losses from the blaze include various equipment, vehicles, tools, and supplies – thankfully, there were no injuries. There were no injuries.
The PNE thanked firefighters in a statement, saying “it was due to their quick work that the fire was contained to only one of the buildings and significant damage and losses were prevented.”
Thank you. We are feeling grateful there were no injuries and for the quick work of fire crews who prevented much more significant losses. In 112 years we’ve been down before but never out, and we feel the love & support of British Columbians every day https://t.co/eHW3MWnwkv
— Laura Ballance (@LauraBallance) February 20, 2022
view from across the street pic.twitter.com/m7j3YfAqfz
— Brandon Weidema (@therealweidy) February 20, 2022
“We are grateful that there were no injuries as a result of this incident, and the quick work of our Vancouver city fire crews prevented much larger losses.”
The fire will have no impact on any scheduled events at the PNE grounds. Now, an investigation to find out what caused the fire is underway.
Vancouver Police announced they’re investigating the “suspicious” fire that caused thousands of dollars in damage.
According to police, “VPD officers were patrolling East Vancouver shortly after midnight when they discovered a building in flames on the west side of Hastings Park.”
“The officers alerted Vancouver Fire Rescue Services, which contained the fire. There are no apparent injuries, however, approximately 20 vehicles were damaged.”
Now, VFRS and detectives from VPD’s Major Crime Section are working together to collect evidence and investigate.
Thanks to quick response from @VanFireRescue who kept last night’s fire at the @PNE_Playland from being much worse. The @PNE has weathered many challenges and has my full support in rebuilding. https://t.co/c7AqbHHDlc
— Kennedy Stewart (@kennedystewart) February 20, 2022
Vancouver’s Mayor Kennedy Stewart chimed in on Twitter, saying the PNE has his “full support in rebuilding.”
If you’ve grown up going to the PlayLand and looking forward to the PNE each summer, then you’ll be glad to know that the fire was well contained, preserving the majority of the grounds.