Firefighters enter a smoldering building on Lakelse Ave. in downtown Terrace around 2 p.m. Sept. 9 (Jake Wray/Terrace Standard)

Fire smolders in downtown Terrace storefront

Billowing smoke and fire engines drew onlookers to Lakelse Ave.

A fire in Terrace’s downtown core drew firefighters from the Terrace and Thornhill fire departments and police this afternoon, Sept. 9, as smoke billowed from the awning and roof of the storefront at 101-4615 Lakelse Ave., between West Coast Vape and Divine Ink, a tattoo parlour.

No flames were visible from the street outside. However, it was immediately unclear whether adjacent storefronts were affected.

Firefighters arrived just before 2 p.m. and entered the building and had the fire quickly under control.

One unidentified onlooker, who said it was his family’s business burning, confronted a Terrace Standard journalist at the scene, physically grabbing the reporter’s photography equipment, saying he didn’t want the fire made public. The man, who was shirtless, later appeared to have a disagreement with a firefighter and was then handcuffed and taken away from the scene by RCMP .

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