Unoccupied house catches on fire in Surrey

Surrey firefighters respond to a structure fire on the 7900-block of 126A Street Sunday. (Shane MacKichan photos)
Surrey firefighters respond to a structure fire on the 7900-block of 126A Street Sunday. (Shane MacKichan photos)
Surrey firefighters respond to a structure fire on the 7900-block of 126A Street Sunday. (Shane MacKichan photos)
Surrey firefighters respond to a structure fire on the 7900-block of 126A Street Sunday. (Shane MacKichan photos)
Surrey firefighters respond to a structure fire on the 7900-block of 126A Street Sunday. (Shane MacKichan photos)
Surrey firefighters respond to a structure fire on the 7900-block of 126A Street Sunday. (Shane MacKichan photos)
Surrey firefighters respond to a structure fire on the 7900-block of 126A Street Sunday. (Shane MacKichan photos)
Surrey firefighters respond to a structure fire on the 7900-block of 126A Street Sunday. (Shane MacKichan photos)
Surrey firefighters respond to a structure fire on the 7900-block of 126A Street Sunday. (Shane MacKichan photos)
Surrey firefighters respond to a structure fire on the 7900-block of 126A Street Sunday. (Shane MacKichan photos)
Surrey firefighters respond to a structure fire on the 7900-block of 126A Street Sunday. (Shane MacKichan photos)
Surrey firefighters respond to a structure fire on the 7900-block of 126A Street Sunday. (Shane MacKichan photos)
Surrey firefighters respond to a structure fire on the 7900-block of 126A Street Sunday. (Shane MacKichan photos)

City of Surrey fire crews are on scene of a structure fire in the city this afternoon.

According to a Surrey RCMP news release, the house fire started at approximately 11:30 a.m. on the 7900-block of 126A Avenue.

Nobody is injured and two adjacent homes were evacuated, the release notes.

“However 80th Avenue will remain closed between 125th Street and 128th Street for undetermined amount of time,” the release notes. “The home that caught fire was under construction and was unoccupied at the time. The immediate 2 neighbouring houses affected by the fire will remain evacuated for the time being,” the release says.

“Once all the fire is extinguished, Surrey RCMP investigators will work with Surrey Fire Department to determine a cause.”

Asst. Fire chief Ben Dirksen told Peace Arch News Sunday afternoon that since the house was unoccupied, firefighters approached it from a defensive position to protect neighbouring homes and trees.

“They attacked the fire aggressively and protected exposures,” Dirksen said. “Some of the exposures, the neighbouring buildings, did sustain some damage.”

While the under construction home was destroyed, Dirksen said damage to the neighbouring structures ranged from melted siding to some roof damage.

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