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METRO VANCOUVER - A spectacular blaze early Thursday morning gutted two restaurants and closed down a busy strip mall in Coquitlam.

Crews were called to Sushi Mori restaurant in Eagle Ridge Square around 1:30 a.m. after Coquitalm Mounties noticed smoke coming from the business.

Firefighters found the fire in a false ceiling in the restaurant, located in the 2500 block of Barnet Highway, but conditions started to deteriorate, so crews had to fight the fire from the outside.

Fire chief Wade Pierlot explained the mall didn't have any firewalls so crews had to build a trench to stop the flames.

However, the fire did spread to the neighbouring Pallas Athena Greek restaurant.

 

At one point, flames were shooting from the roof as high as the neighbouring trees, while 30 firefighters were called out to battle the blaze.

Eventually, crews got a handle on the blaze, but not before the fire destroyed the two restaurants and damaged two more businesses in the mall.

A jewelry store and hair and nails salon suffered smoke and water damage as a result of the fire and by daylight, the destruction to the strip mall was evident.

"It's a pretty big fire for us," Pierlot said, noting that no one was injured in the blaze.

"It certainly had the potential to spread to all of the businesses there."

Angelo Mazzarolo owns the Pallas Athena restaurant and said he got the call around two o'clock in the morning from the security company.

By the time he arrived on scene 20 minutes later, he said flames were shooting from the building.

"I'm surprised how fast it went up," Mazzarolo told the Tri-Cities NOW.

He said Wednesday was a normal day, noting his son closed up the restaurant at around 10 p.m.

Mazzarolo, a general contractor, bought and made major renovations to the business four years ago.

"It was just starting to turn a profit, then this happen," he said, noting his own business is insured for about half million dollars.

The restaurant employed 14 people.

Mazzarolo said he's not sure what the future holds for his business or employees, but said it's doubtful he would rebuild in the same strip mall.

As for the cause, fire chief Pierlot said Thursday it was too early to tell, but there was nothing to suggest it was suspicious.

He pointed out the fire was found in the sushi restaurant, but could have started elsewhere.

Investigators were expected to be on scene all day, while fire officials were hoping to have the remaining businesses up and running within a day.



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VANCOUVER, B.C. – November 4, 2014 – Home sales in the Metro Vancouver* housing
market continue to outpace long-term averages for this time of year.
The Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver (REBGV) reports that residential property sales in
Greater Vancouver reached 3,057 on the Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) in October 2014.
This represents a 14.9 per cent increase compared to the 2,661 sales in October 2013, and a 4.6
per cent increase over the 2,922 sales in September 2014.
Last month’s sales were 16.6 per cent above the 10-year sales average for October.
“We’ve seen strong and consistent demand from home buyers in Metro Vancouver throughout
this year. This has led to steady increases in home prices of between four and eight per cent
depending on the property,” said REBGV president Ray Harris.
New listings for detached, attached and apartment properties in Metro Vancouver totalled 4,487
in October. This represents a four per cent increase compared to the 4,315 new listings in
October 2013 and a 14.7 per cent decline from the 5,259 new listings in September.
The total number of properties currently listed for sale on the MLS® system in Metro Vancouver
is 13,851, a 9.2 per cent decline compared to October 2013 and a 6.6 per cent decrease compared
to September 2014.
The MLS® Home Price Index composite benchmark price for all residential properties in Metro
Vancouver is currently $637,000. This represents a six per cent increase compared to October
2013.
“Detached homes continue to increase in price more than condominium and townhome
properties. This is largely a function of supply and demand as the supply of condominium and
townhome properties are more abundant than detached homes in our region,” Harris said.
Sales of detached properties in October 2014 reached 1,271, an increase of 19.1 per cent from
the 1,067 detached sales recorded in October 2013, and a 60.9 per cent increase from the 790
units sold in October 2012. The benchmark price for detached properties increased 7.9 per cent
from October 2013 to $995,100.Sales of apartment properties reached 1,268 in October 2014, an increase of 15.5 per cent
compared to the 1,098 sales in October 2013, and a 57.9 per cent increase compared to the 803
sales in October 2012. The benchmark price of an apartment property increased four per cent
from October 2013 to $380,200.
Attached property sales in October 2014 totalled 518, a 4.4 per cent increase compared to the
496 sales in October 2013, and an 53.3 per cent increase over the 338 attached properties sold in
October 2012. The benchmark price of an attached unit increased 4.7 per cent between October
2013 and 2014 to $479,500.

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News Release FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Steady trends continue in the Greater Vancouver housing

market

VANCOUVER, B.C. – February 4, 2014 – The first month of 2014 saw home sale and listing

totals outpace historical averages in the Greater Vancouver housing market.

The Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver (REBGV) reports that residential property sales in

Greater Vancouver reached 1,760 on the Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) in January 2014.

This represents a 30.3 per cent increase compared to the 1,351 sales recorded in January 2013,

and a 9.9 per cent decline compared to the 1,953 sales in December 2013.

Last month’s sales were 7.2 per cent above the 10-year sales average for the month.

“The Greater Vancouver housing market has been in a balanced market for nearly a year. This

has meant steady home sale and listing activity accompanied by stable home prices,” Sandra

Wyant, REBGV president said.

New listings for detached, attached and apartment properties in Greater Vancouver totalled 5,345

in January. This represents a 4.2 per cent increase compared to the 5,128 new listings reported in

January 2013.

Last month’s new listing count was 17.7 per cent higher than the region’s 10-year new listing

average for the month.

The total number of properties currently listed for sale on the Greater Vancouver MLS® is

12,602, a 4.9 per cent decline compared to January 2013 and a nine per cent increase compared

to December 2013.

The MLS® Home Price Index composite benchmark price for all residential properties in Metro

Vancouver is currently $606,800. This represents a 3.2 per cent increase compared to January

2013.

With the sales-to-active-listings ratio at 14 per cent, the region remains in balanced market

territory.

“If you’re looking to sell your home in a balanced market, it’s critical that your list price is

reflective of current market conditions,” Wyant said.

Sales of detached properties in January 2014 reached 728, an increase of 34.3 per cent from the

542 detached sales recorded in January 2013, and a 10.5 per cent increase from the 659 units

sold in January 2012. The benchmark price for a detached property in Greater Vancouver

increased 3.2 per cent from January 2013 to $929,700.

Sales of apartment properties reached 753 in January 2014, an increase of 30.7 per cent

compared to the 576 sales in January 2013, and an increase of 14.6 per cent compared to the 657

sales in January 2012. The benchmark price of an apartment property increased 3.7 per cent from

January 2013 to $371,500.

Attached property sales in January 2014 totalled 279, an increase of 19.7 per cent compared to

the 233 sales in January 2013, and a 6.9 per cent increase from the 261 attached properties sold

in January 2012. The benchmark price of an attached unit increased 1.7 per cent between January

2013 and 2014 to $457,700.

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