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VIDEO: Surrey firefighters battle large blaze in vacant Whalley building

Heavy smoke, flames from boarded-up structure during Sunday afternoon fire

It was a busy Sunday for Surrey Fire Service firefighters, as they battled to knock down a fire with heavy smoke and flames at a vacant building in Whalley.

Surrey Fire Service dispatch received the call at about 3:40 p.m. on Sunday (May 21) for a commercial structure fire at a building on 135A Street near 106 Avenue, Assistant Chief of Operations Greg McRobbie said Monday.

“When crews arrived, there was heavy grey smoke… the building was boarded up, so access was an issue,” he said.

“Once crews did make access, they were able to do a complete search of the building. There was nothing found inside and no one was in there.”

The blaze took roughly 22 firefighters about seven hours to quench.

McRobbie said the cause of the fire is not known at this time.

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What remains of the two-storey, cinderblock construction structure will remain under RCMP guard until an investigation can be conducted to determine the cause, he said.

“The RCMP will hold the scene and an investigator will come out on Tuesday,” McRobbie said.


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Tricia Weel

About the Author: Tricia Weel

I’m a lifelong writer, and worked as a journalist in community newspapers for more than a decade, from White Rock to Parksville and Qualicum Beach, to Abbotsford and Surrey, from 2001-2012
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