Fires shake residents of quiet street

NEWTON – Residents of an otherwise quiet street have something to chat about over the fence for years to come, after a couple of spectacular fiery events shook their neighbourhood early Wednesday morning (Aug. 5).

 

At Now press time, police suspected an arsonist had torched a house in the 7900-block of 134th Street, caught himself on fire, and then jumped into a getaway SUV that also burst into flames. The SUV crashed about a half-block south, at the

 

intersection of 79th Avenue and 134th Street.

 

Four people were seen running away. This was at about 1:45 a.m. The SUV fire lit Gurjeet Hothi’s white picket fence on fire. She was asleep inside her rancher at the time.

 

"It’s very scary to live in here," she told the Now later Wednesday morning.

 

"It’s very scary in Surrey these days. You never know."

 

Mrs. Mann lives across the street.

 

"My dog was barking – the flames were so high. We just saw the flames," she said.

 

Howard Dallas also lives across the street.

 

"I thought it was shotgun bangs," he said. "Pow, like a transformer pole."

 

Police cordoned off the burned house and were looking for suspects Wednesday.

 

"At this point, it is believed the two fire scenes are related and that the house fire was intentionally set," said Surrey RCMP Cpl. Scotty Schumann.

 

People inside the burning house escaped without injury but police were monitoring local hospitals, as "the suspects may have inadvertently burned themselves whilst setting the fire." tom.zytaruk@thenownewspaper.com

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