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VANCOUVER — The Vancouver Police Department says its major crimes section is investigating an overnight fire at the Pacific National Exhibition that firefighters say involved explosions and 30-metre flames. 

Assistant Fire Chief Brian Bertuzzi says crews responded to the volatile blaze on the northwest corner of Hastings Park at around 12:30 a.m. Sunday morning.

He says no one was on site at the time of the blaze and no firefighters were injured putting it out.

Bertuzzi says there was a high fuel load on site, including 500 litres of gasoline storage and high-pressure propane tanks. 

He says two Zambonis and up to a dozen truckers were involved in the fire, which did not affect the part of the grounds where horses are kept. 

Police say 20 vehicles and a building were damaged and the fire is considered suspicious. 

Police are working with firefighters on the investigation.

“It was a very large, volatile fire with many explosions and flames shooting upward,” Bertuzzi said.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Feb. 20, 2022. 

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