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No one hurt in early-morning fire at Surrey Bank of Montreal branch

It took 26 firefighters just under 2 hours to knock down large blaze
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More than two dozen Surrey firefighters knocked down a large blaze at a Bank of Montreal branch in Surrey early Sunday (Nov. 19) morning. (Black Press file photo)

Firefighters in Surrey were busy early Sunday morning, putting out a large fire in a bank near Central City.

Crews were called to a commercial structure fire at roughly 5:04 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 19, for the Bank of Montreal branch located at 10155 King George Boulevard, Surrey Fire Service assistant chief Greg McRobbie said.

“Crews arrived to find heavy black smoke billowing from the soffits,” he said.

“(Firefighters) started out with a defensive attack, (focusing on the) exterior of the building, knocking down the fire from the outside, and then proceeded inside to a little bit more of an aggressive attack, to make sure the fire was out,” he explained.

A total of 26 firefighters and nine apparatus attended the scene.

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“The scene was turned over to RCMP and crews cleared by 6:56 a.m.,” McRobbie said.

“No one was injured or hurt. Crews were in and out of there in roughly two hours, which is pretty impressive in terms of the amount of fire that was in that building, so they did a fantastic job knocking it down.”

The cause of the fire is unknown.

A fire inspector was dispatched to the scene in co-ordination with RCMP, McRobbie said.

Surrey RCMP confirmed via email Monday they’re investigating the fire, which caused “significant property damage.”

​”The Surrey RCMP General Investigation Unit has conduct of the ongoing investigation and are working closely with the Surrey RCMP arson co-ordinator and the Fire Inspector from Surrey Fire Service,” the email said.



Tricia Weel

About the Author: Tricia Weel

I’ve worked as a journalist in community newspapers from White Rock to Parksville and Qualicum Beach, to Abbotsford and Surrey.
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