A blaze at an industrial property on Industrial Way in Chilliwack east of Lickman Road as seen from across Highway 1 at around 10:30 p.m. on March 28. (Dan Oostenbrink photo)

Late night fire destroys building on Industrial Way in Chilliwack

Plumes of smoke visible as firefighters battled blaze up until midnight on Thursday

A large fire at a business on Industrial Way in Chilliwack lit up the night sky Thursday as winds blew plumes of smoke to the north and up to Chilliwack Mountain.

The blaze at Escape Trailer Industries started some time after 9 p.m. and Chilliwack Fire Department crews from halls 1, 3, 4, 5 and 6 responded at approximately 10 p.m. and were on scene fighting the blaze until at least midnight.

Upon arrival, firefighters found a single-storey building fully involved with flames extending out of the roof. Crews immediately went into a defensive mode to contain the fire and protect adjacent buildings and a large propane tank.

BC Hydro and Fortis arrived on scene to disconnect hydro and gas services.

The building and contents were completely destroyed, but firefighters were able to protect all adjacent buildings and the propane tank. There were no civilian or firefighter injuries.

The fire is under investigation by the Chilliwack Fire Department and the RCMP.

This industrial fire comes just a few weeks after two major industrial fires destroyed buildings not far away.

On Feb. 4, a truck repair shop, Arrow Transportation Systems, off Industrial Way was destroyed by fire.

• READ MORE: Chilliwack firefighters battle industrial fire

That same day a large building housing a legal marijuana grow op on Aitken Road was also destroyed in a blaze after 8 p.m.

• READ MORE: VIDEO: Chilliwack firefighters tackle second large industrial fire in one day

There is no suggestion any of these fires are linked.


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