-With files from Ria Renouf
Fire crews are responding to a blaze Monday morning at a strip mall in Port Coquitlam.
A witness describes the flames coming from the roof of one of the buildings:
“They weren’t as big as they have been, now, but they were fairly big, I don’t know…maybe ten feet high.”
Global News reporter Grace Ke is at the scene of McAllister and Shaughnessy.
“The buildings here are destroyed, there’s three businesses; we know one of them was a coffee shop, a bakery.”
Speaking to Global News, Port Coquitlam Fire Chief Nick Delmonico says they responded to the fire at around 4:20 AM.
“Well, it started in Martha’s [Bakery] here…much more damage than the other buildings…it was right through the roof on arrival, so it seemed to be fueled by gas; seemed to be running off some kind of a gas.”
Delmonico says the gas source has since been shut off.
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“We just had an open house and everything was beautiful and we have to open new again.”
That’s the owner of a Wellness Centre, speaking to Global News.
Another business owner in the strip mall just cut the ribbon to her hair studio on Wednesday.
“It’s too heart breaking, we had been working to open-up for years and finally it happened.”
Poco Fire Chief Nick Delmonico says in total three businesses were damaged.
Mayor Greg Moore is asking that people stay away from the area, as crews continue to work on the fire.
No injuries were reported.