Pets displaced by fire in downtown Vancouver building will find temporary homes with BC SPCA

The BC SPCA is reaching out to residents displaced by the fire at the Winters Hotel in Vancouver’s Gastown neighborhood to provide free shelter for their pets until they are able to find new homes.

In a written statement, the organization said it is also providing emergency funding for pet food and needed supplies for other residents, and SPCA staff are donating clothing for men and women. to displaced residents.

“We can only imagine how difficult and upsetting this is for these residents, so we are here to help in any way we can,” Vancouver SPCA Director Jodi Dunlop said in the statement.

“Currently five cats and two kittens are on free emergency boarding, and we are in regular contact with building officials to let them know that this service is available to others.”

The BC SPCA says it is currently caring for five cats and two kittens who were displaced by the fire from the Winters Hotel in Gastown. (BCSPCA)

The fire broke out in the historic building on Monday morning and displaced more than 70 residents living in single room accommodation (SRO) on the upper floors of the hotel.

Another 73 people living in the nearby Gastown Hotel on Water Street were also evicted from the ORS because the building was awash in noxious smoke.

Five people were taken to hospital, two of them in serious condition and one in stable condition. Others were treated for their injuries on the spot.

Meanwhile, the City of Vancouver said in a social media post that there will be no vehicle access between Carrall and Abbott streets for at least five weeks.

Vancouver Fire Rescue says the street will be closed to traffic out of an abundance of caution as they continue to assess damage to the building and the fire investigation is ongoing.

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