Three-alarm fire rips through Whalley building

WHALLEY – Seven fire trucks and 30 firefighters were on scene at an apartment fire in Surrey early Sunday morning.

 

The call to fire crews came at around 2:20 a.m. for the fire at 13550 Hilton Road, said Battalion Chief Ed Wells.

 

Early responders reported seeing flames shooting through the roof of the four-level apartment building from two blocks away.

 

"It (the fire) went to second alarm then to third alarm which brought approximately seven trucks and 30 firefighters," said Wells.

 

The building was evacuated immediately and crews had the fire under control an hour later. Wells said it has been a salvage operation since. "No occupants can go back for the foreseeable future." The residents have been moved to the Chuck Bailey Recreation Centre and are being assessed by support workers for their individual needs. RCMP said the fire was not suspicious.

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