Massive fire destroys businesses in Surrey strip mall
Published Thursday, February 2, 2012 8:22AM PST
A towering blaze that broke out at a Surrey, B.C. strip mall overnight has gutted several businesses.
The fire was sparked at around 2:30 a.m. Thursday on the ground floor of the two-storey Forest Hill Plaza, located on Scott Road at 83rd Avenue.
The blaze quickly spread to the second floor, sending smoke and flames skyward and growing into a massive inferno believed to have consumed between six and eight stores.
About 10 fire trucks, three rescue trucks and 46 firefighters responded to the blaze and had it under control by 7:30 a.m., though crews remained on scene targeting remaining hot spots.
No injuries have been reported in connection with the blaze, but a BC Hydro worker who is believed to have fallen down near the scene was loaded into an ambulance.
The cause of the fire has not been determined.
Scott Road has been blocked between 82nd and 84th avenues, and is expected to remain closed until at least 10 a.m.