Burnaby warehouse fire causes huge losses
A fire in a warehouse sent acrid dark smoke billowing into the air, causing at least several hundreds of thousands of dollars in losses and fouling rush hour traffic in Burnaby, B.C. Monday afternoon.
Several Burnaby firehalls sent personnel and equipment to fight the stubborn fire on Byrne Road north of Marine Way.
There were no reports of injuries, while police rerouted commuter traffic around the site.
The fire apparently started when workers accidentally set a small shed on fire, which then collapsed onto a natural gas main. Escaping gas from the main then caught fire.
Another business, The Retro Group, a construction contracting company, also lost equipment totalling about $500,000, according to early estimates.
With files from the CBC's Alan Waterman