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Two people rescued during three-alarm blaze

Vancouver - Two supposed squatters have been saved from an abandoned building in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside after a three-alarm fire broke out.

Assistant Fire Chief Ron Coulson says crews began to fight the massive blaze just after 2 a.m. Monday.

He says two people were found hanging from a window outside of the building and both were rescued and taken to hospital in an ambulance.

Coulson says officials are assuming the pair was unlawfully staying in the building, which is set to be demolished to make way for a new complex.

More than 50 firefighters responded and pillows of white smoke hung over the area, while a stretch of East Hastings Street was closed for hours.

The cause of the fire is not yet known.

April 13, 2015
By The Canadian Press