A residential structure fire in Surrey early Sunday morning left nine people without a home and one person injured.
Surrey firefighters were called to the second-alarm fire at a four-plex on the 10800-block of 133A Street at approximately 12:30 a.m.
“They had reports of somebody inside the building,” Assistant Fire Chief David Burns said at the scene. “They made an aggressive attack into the building. They were able to get the person out of the building and transport that person to BC Ambulance.”
Burns said that the injured person was taken to hospital with undetermined injuries.
The cause of the fire is under investigation and social services is assisting the residents, Burns said.
Surrey Fire Chief Larry Thomas said emergency social services volunteers “took care of” the nine people.
“Registered them through the EMBC program – Emergency Management B.C. – so that typically will give them some temporary shelter and give them a chance to connect with either insurance, or Red Cross, or other places as things get sorted out at that occupancy.”
Thomas said Monday it’s not yet known what caused the fire.
“Our investigator says there is no mechanical reason for the fire so it was most likely open flame, which could be anything. There was smoking materials around, there was candles around, so it’s most likely caused by open flame.”