Small fire causes big traffic trouble in Chilliwack Thursday

A fire, believed to be deliberatly set, forced the closure of Vedder Road in both directions

There was smoke, but not much fire Thursday morning.

Still, there was enough chaos to close Vedder Road during the busy morning rush hour, forcing many motorists to find alternate routes.

The fire occurred at around 8 a.m. in a vacant, boarded-up building in the 5600 block of Lark Road, near the Sardis Bottle Depot.

Chilliwack firefighters from three halls responded. When they arrived they found smoke coming from the eaves and chimney.

Crews quickly brought the fire under control and the building suffered only light to moderate damage, said the Chilliwack Fire Department.

The fire, however, appears to be deliberately set and is under investigation by the department and RCMP.

Anyone has information can call the RCMP at 604-792-4611 or anonymously through Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or

It’s been a busy summer for Chilliwack firefighters.

Here are just a few reasons why:

Three Chilliwack fires in one day

Chilliwack RCMP Serious Crimes Unit investigating massive Safflower Crescent fire

Chilliwack barn fire the result of arson according to investigators

Early morning vacant house fire downtown Chilliwack

Fire destroys Chilliwack restaurant

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