Surrey, Vancouver crews battle another barge fire on Fraser River

Surrey, Vancouver crews battle another barge fire on Fraser River
Barge loaded with crushed cars goes up in flames near Pattullo Bridge
Flames poured from a barge loaded with crushed cars near Surrey on Tuesday, for the second time in as many months.

The fire broke out on a vessel docked near a recycling yard on the Fraser River, not far from the Pattullo Bridge. Firefighters could be seen monitoring the blaze from shore as thick smoke climbed high above the river.

As the fire is on the Surrey side of the river, Surrey Fire Service is in charge of the response, though Vancouver Fire and Rescue has sent a fireboat to help with the battle, an indication that crews are having difficulty fighting the fire from land.

Two backhoes were moved off the barge as several firefighters stood near the ramp with hoses. When the heavy equipment cleared, they used hoses to tackle the flames.

The barge fire has sent black smoke billowing into the sky near the Patullo Bridge, very visible from both sides of the river. Social media has lit up with images of the blaze, the second on the river since August.

About two hours after the fire was first noticed, crews were still spraying it with water. It still seemed contained, but was not any smaller.

The barge is packed with hundreds of old cars, meaning there is likely enough fuel to keep the flames going into the night.

As firefighters battle the blaze, those near the water in Surrey and New Westminster are advised to close their windows.

Hmm… thats not good! Surrey seems to get entirely too many barge fires! ⛴🔥 pic.twitter.com/JBnLuxB609

The fire broke out about two months after a barge loaded with crushed cars went up in flames in the same area. Multiple explosions could be heard coming from the source of the fire, which sent smoke across the region and triggered an air quality advisory.

Fire crews are responding to another burning barge full of crushed cars on the the Fraser River, near Surrey.

Crews spent hours working to extinguish the blaze, which likely was fueled by upholstery inside the vehicles.

The fire broke out on a vessel docked near a recycling yard on the river not far from the Pattullo Bridge.

Thick smoke from the barge fire is now blanketing parts of Surrey. A similar fire in August prompted an air quality advisory from Fraser Health b/c the smoke from the burning cars likely contains toxic chemicals. @CTVVancouver pic.twitter.com/BwqdP9izbV

Huge barge fire in Surrey continues to roar on barge along Fraser @CTVVancouver #ctvchopper9 pic.twitter.com/Q4zNxSZv6P

Here we go again folks!!! Smoke, flame and hearing explosions across the Fraser River at the recycling yard. #newwest pic.twitter.com/FWvx2DD99Z

A photo from Twitter user @ShanVonD shows smoke rising from a barge in Surrey, B.C. on Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2018.

Vancouver Fire and Rescue Asst. Chief Richard Warnock said his department was called at 5:15 p.m. PT to assist in the response. He said Vancouver is sending a fireboat to help fight the flames.

Warnock said Surrey Fire Service is in charge of the response. No other details are currently available.

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