Newton townhouse fire suspicious

Surrey firefighters are investigating a suspicious fire that ate through the roof of a vacant townhouse unit at Hunter Hill housing cooperative (6935-122 St.) in West Newton early Sunday morning.

Nobody was injured in the two-alarm fire, which appears to have started outside the unit at about 3:30 a.m. “I’m very cautious to say it may have been suspicious,” Deputy Chief Dan Barnscher said. “It seems it worked its way up the side of the building.”

Twenty firefighters arrived in six trucks to tackle the blaze. Flames were erupting through the attic of the two-storey building, but crews had it doused in about 20 minutes.

Barnscher said minimal damage was done to the adjoining townhouse in the fourplex, but a mother and two children were displaced.