Structure fire destroys Surrey tire shop – Maple Ridge News

Structure fire destroys Surrey tire shop - Maple Ridge News
Fire destroys 2 vehicle repair shops in Surrey, shutting down Fraser Highway
Heavy flames and thick black smoke pour out from a pair of vehicle repair shops on Fraser Highway in Surrey Sunday, May 19, 2019.

A large fire destroyed a pair of vehicle repair shops on Fraser Highway in Surrey Sunday morning, forcing a section of the road to close.

Structure fire at Surrey tire shop causes black smoke, traffic delays

Fire crews were called to the 15300-block of the highway around 8 a.m., where the Fountain Tire and Speedy Glass were both found fully involved.

Asst. Fire Chief David Burns said at one point five aerial attack crews were required to battle the flames due to fears of chemicals inside.

“It’s a glass shop and a tire shop, so there’s a lot of chemicals and products in there that are in danger of exploding,” he said. “We’re staying well away from that.”

Crews began getting control of the fire a couple of hours later, but Burns said it would still be some time before the fire was fully extinguished.

Surrey RCMP said Fraser Highway is closed in both directions between 152 Street and 88 Avenue, and are asking the public to avoid the area.

Big structure fire in Surrey right now. Can be seen from km's away. #cbc #ctv #global #surreyfire pic.twitter.com/vL1v0QLfLv

There’s no word on when the highway is expected to reopen, but Burns said it could be at least noon before some lanes may be cleared.

Despite the warning from police, the fire attracted a large group of people who watched the firefighters in action.

One bystander said he and his family could see the smoke while driving down Highway 10 several kilometres away.

From south Surrey you can see something burning this morning. #fire #metrovancouver #propicscanada @CKNW @GlobalBCMorning pic.twitter.com/5oVO2vGqR6

Another onlooker noted the businesses sit just blocks away from Jack’s Public House, which was destroyed in a fire last month that was deemed suspicious.

“It’s a little odd that all these big fires are starting here,” she said, adding she had just gotten her tires changed at the Fountain Tire a week before.

SURREY (NEWS 1130) – A cloud of thick, black smoke billowed over parts of Surrey Saturday as the fire department battled a structure fire near Fraser Highway and 154 Avenue.

Multiple callers to NEWS 1130 said they could see a large plume of smoke in the Fleetwood area at around 8 a.m., and that it had a terrible smell.

David Burns, Assistant Chief of Operations for Surrey Fire, says the fire started at an auto glass shop and tire shop that are connected to one another.

“The fire was fully involved when crews arrived,” he said at the time. “We didn’t enter the building. We have aerials currently working on the building trying to extinguish it.

View of the structure fire in Surrey in 160 and Fraser Hwy @NEWS1130 @GlobalBC @CTVVancouver pic.twitter.com/SWl2fFQb2V

Burns adds the building was not occupied at the time of the fire, and no injuries have been reported.

Jinny Whang owns a nearby business and she says she saw thick, black smoke and large flames coming out of the building.

“The fire spread, black smoke got very, very big, then ‘bump!’ I think something inside did explode,” she says.

Traffic was been effected, with the Fraser Highway closed in both directions from 152 Street to 88 Avenue for a number of hours. The RCMP asked the public to avoid the area, and closed the highway while they investigated.

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