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Barge fire north of Bridgeview extinguished Wednesday morning

Last Updated Oct 10, 2018 at 10:26 am PDT

(Darren Grieve/News 1130)

SURREY (NEWS 1130) – A stubborn fire that started on a recycling barge in the Fraser River in Surrey yesterday has finally been extinguished.

Fire crews finally put out the flames Wednesday morning around 6 a.m.

Vancouver Fire Captain Jonathan Gormick says crews got to use a new fire boat in the process, but it wasn’t easy.

“When you add thousands of gallons of water, to any type of vessel, whether it’s a barge or a passenger vessel it can, not only make it heavier and less buoyant in the water, but can easily upset the balance of that vessel,” he said.

Thick black smoke coming from the fire could be seen from Surrey, New Westminster and Burnaby on Tuesday. Authorities are still monitoring the air and water quality closely around the barge.

~With files from Estefania Duran, Peter Wagner