Dog on the loose after fire near Olympic Village

Shirley the Tibetan Mastiff was boarded next door to massive fire on East Third Avenue

People who live near Olympic Village are asked to be on the lookout for a dog that ran away after this morning’s massive fire at a steel manufacturing company.

“She’s big, she’s smart and I’m sure she’ll be fine,” says Jorge Posada, the general manager of Dog Taxi Daycare and Hotel on East Third Avenue.

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First responders rescued 11 dogs, which were boarding at the doggie daycare next to Metal and Wood Ltd. Posada thinks Shirley, a large two-year-old Tibetan Mastiff, sensed the danger and said to herself, “I’m getting out of her.

The kennel’s staff is looking for the friendly dog and has notified officials of her absence. She is wearing a collar and tags.

“She’s probably in someone’s hands because she’s very big,” Posada said.

A video of the fire was taken by the owner of Steel Toad Brewing Company.

The fire broke out around 5 a.m. at the back of the steel manufacturing building that has been in existence since the 1930s. Owner Peter Spotzl says that he was alerted to the fire shortly after. Luckily, none of his 18 staff members were due to work until 6:30 a.m. so no one was in the building.

Metal and Wood fire
Vancouver Fire Dept. tended to a fire at Metal and Wood, a business at 43 East 3rd Ave, Wednesday morning Oct. 4. - Dan Toulgoet

“We’re a strong group of people and we’ll rebuild and figure it out,” Spotzl said Wednesday morning.

He’s grateful for the efforts to put out the fire and says he is insured.

Batallion Chief Kevin Wilson told Global News that the fire is believed to have started in a separate wooden structure.

“[There are] lots of chemicals, gases…in containers in that woodshed,” he told Global.

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A Vancouver firefighter walks in the alley near Metal and Wood Ltd. - Jan Zeschky

The fire created a great deal of smoke that lingered in the neighbourhood for hours.

Posada says the Dog Taxi Daycare and Hotel will re-open on Thursday and says all the dogs are doing well.

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