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UPDATE: Vernon Parkade open following fire

Vehicle blaze on the third level sparked Friday afternoon


Shoppers, workers and anyone visiting downtown Vernon can access the parkade following Friday’s fire.

“The parkade has reopened to the public and all levels are available for use,” the city confirmed Monday morning. “Six stalls remain taped off for the time being and we request the public stays out of those marked areas until they are reopened by staff.”

No information is available at this time regarding the cause of fire.

A total of three vehicles were destroyed by the fire and several others were damaged.

The city says the fire does not appear to be suspicious and there are no reports of injury.

An investigation is underway.



Three vehicles were destroyed in a blaze in the Vernon Parkade Friday.

Crews were called to the blaze shortly after 3 p.m. Nov. 25 and found a vehicle on fire on the third floor.

Smoke could be seen pouring out of the third and fourth levels of the parkade, when Clary Lausnes heard small explosions.

“Perhaps tires popping,” she said.

Deena Lehoux was heading down main street when she noticed that it seemed smoky, so she went around the block and saw people looking up at the Parkade.

“I didn’t see anything suspicious, but heard a bunch of loud bangs over about 10 minutes,” said Lehoux. “You could tell the fire was spreading.”

Initial crews on scene worked quickly to knock the fire down and extinguish it, and ensure there was no extension to the building. All offices within the building were evacuated and no injuries have been reported. The cause of fire and total extent of damage is unknown at this time.

The parkade is closed to the public for the time being, but emergency crews are working to assess and secure the scene as quickly and as reasonably possible. The public is asked to stay away from the area so emergency crews have easier access to the scene.

A block of 33rd Street is closed to traffic at 31st Avenue, which is also closed in front of the Parkade.

Further details will be provided as they become available.

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Vernon has always been my home, and I've been working at The Morning Star since 2004.
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