A fully involved barn fire on Old Orchard Road late on May 11.

VIDEO: Two weekend fires keep Chilliwack crews busy

Within hours crews battle a barn fire on Old Orchard Road then residential blaze on South Sumas

Chilliwack Fire Department crews were busy overnight last Saturday as they dealt with two structure fires in rural areas west of the city, at least one of them suspicious.

The first was at approximately 10:30 p.m. when firefighters from halls 1, 3, 4, 5 and 6 responded to a barn fire in the 7900-block of Old Orchard Road.

Upon arrival they found the structure heavily involved in fire and beginning to collapse.

Crews were challenged by a long driveway into the scene and implemented a water shuttle system to support fire crews on scene. Crews also had to combat several small grass fires that ignited and were able to successfully contain these fires before they were able to spread.

Then, a few hours later at approximately 3:30 a.m. on May 12, crews were alerted to a report of a structure fire under unusual circumstances at a residence in the 44000-block of South Sumas Road.

RCMP Staff Sgt. Steve Vrolyk told The Progress that police were on the scene at the residence investigating alleged property thefts.

While Mounties were at the residence, the fire started inside.

Fire crews from Halls 1, 3, 4, and 6 responded and upon arrival discovered flames and smoke at the rear of a single family detached home.

Firefighters established a water supply and were able to quickly contain the fire.

There were no civilian or firefighter injuries reported as a result of these two fires.

Both of these fires are currently under investigation by Chilliwack Fire Department Officials.

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• RELATED: RCMP still silent on cause of last Thursday’s dramatic fire


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