Crews investigate second fire in two months on recycling barge in Fraser River

SURREY, B.C. — Officials are keeping a close watch on air and water quality along the lower Fraser River after a fire aboard a recycling barge moored in Surrey sent dense, black smoke billowing over parts of Greater Vancouver.

Metro Vancouver did not issue air quality warnings Tuesday night but a spokesman with Surrey's fire department said the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority harbour master was checking water quality in the river.

article continues below

A fireboat from Vancouver helped knock down the flames several hours after they broke out at about 5 p.m. on the barge at Schnitzer Metal Recyclers.

An Environment Ministry spokesman says the company is the same one involved in a similar barge fire at the same location on Aug. 10.

In both cases, the barge was loaded with what the ministry describes as "end-of-life, depolluted materials" such as crushed vehicles and appliances.

The 76-metre barge remains afloat, tethered to the Fraser River foreshore, while an investigation into the cause of the fire continues.

© Copyright 2018 Alaska Highway News
Sign Up for our Newsletter!

Popular News

Lowest Gas Prices in Chetwynd, Dawson Creek, Fort Nelson, Fort St John, Tumbler Ridge
British Columbia Gas Prices provided by GasBuddy.com

Community Event Calendar


Find out what's happening in your community and submit your own local events.