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Two-alarm fire damages Smokin’ Oak building in downtown Vancouver

The restaurant was not damaged in the blaze

By Amy Libby, Columbian Web Editor
Published: May 17, 2024, 7:51am
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Firefighters battled a two-alarm blaze at Fifth and Columbia streets in downtown Vancouver on Thursday evening.
Firefighters battled a two-alarm blaze at Fifth and Columbia streets in downtown Vancouver on Thursday evening. (Vancouver Fire Department) Photo Gallery

A two-alarm fire struck downtown Vancouver barbecue restaurant Smokin’ Oak’s building on Thursday evening.

The Vancouver Fire Department was dispatched to the restaurant, 501 Columbia St., at 6:10 p.m. The first engine arrived minutes later to find smoke billowing from the building.

The agency quickly called a second alarm and had 27 firefighters working the blaze, according to a statement from Vancouver fire. Fire District Six sent fire engines for mutual aid.

The blaze was brought under control in 35 minutes.

One person was evaluated for a medical issue at the scene but did not need further medical attention. No other injuries were reported.

Smokin’ Oak said on social media that the fire was in office space the restaurant rents next door. The restaurant was not damaged and was open on Friday.

The fire is under investigation by the Vancouver Fire Marshals office.

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