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

Last Updated May 19, 2019 at 6:12 pm PDT

Firefighters are working on a fire in Surrey that is spreading thick, black smoke across the landscape. (Source: Twitter/@smillar72)

The fire began at around 8 a.m.

There is no word yet on the cause of the fire

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.

He says 35 firefighters and 12 trucks were on scene fighting the fire.

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.

There is no word yet on the cause of the fire.