By CRM staff
Toronto, Ontario — April 11, 2019 — Eight firetrucks and 23 firefighters were called to Surrey, B.C. auto recycling facility early on Wednesday morning after a massive blaze broke out.
Firefighters are unsure of how the blaze broke out at A-Central Used Auto & Truck Parks, which forced them to run a water line along Scott Road. According to the Surrey Fire Department’s acting battalion chief Mike Sereda, the crew was able to get the blaze under control in short order.
With the hose blocking traffic on the suburban street, several stuck commuters turned to social media to report on the story. According to some of these eye-witness accounts, the blaze destroyed about 60 vehicles.
While the facility’s blaze may have been quickly doused, auto recycling facilities are particularly difficult properties for firefighters to operate in–especially in urbanized areas.
In September, more than 50 Mississauga firefighters were called into a blaze at an auto recycling facility. According to firefighters on the scene, stacks of crushed vehicles made the operation exceptionally dangerous. As a result, the inferno was not doused for almost half-a-day and resulted in municipal officials monitoring pollution levels in the air for months afterward.