It was finally contained after several hours but crews continued to battle a four-alarm condo fire on 121a street at 82nd Avenue in Surrey well into the early morning hours
That fire has displaced around a hundred of residents into a nearby shelter after 77 apartments were evacuated.
Surrey Fire’s Assistant Chief Brian Woznikoski says thoughts now turn to what started it.
“We were told by witnesses that it started on the exterior of the building so the RCMP has gathered some some names that they’ll forward to our prevention division.”
“We’ll have an investigator here today to work with interviewing these people and do a further investigation on a cause and that could take days to figure that out.”
Woznikoski says the fire is not being considered suspicious, and a fire investigator has ruled out the possibility that it started in a barbeque.
City gearing up to help
Meanwhile, the city of Surrey is gearing up to assist the displaced victims, the majority of whom are seniors.
Surrey Councillor Bruce Hayne says the city is coordinating with local social service agencies on how best to collect donations.
“There was a similar fire in White Rock just a couple of months ago, and the community in White Rock in South Surrey and the Social Service agencies like Sources rallied around and came to these people’s aid. So I can can only be confident that that will be the case this time.”
Hayne says plans are in the works for an official donation website, to ensure no one takes advantage of the situation.
The victims are currently being sheltered at the Newton Seniors Centre, but Hayne says the city is now looking for a longer term solution.