British Columbia

Crews battle fire at grow-op in rural area of Chilliwack

One woman living in the area said she saw large flames and embers flying through the air when the fire was in its early stages.

2 people escaped unharmed, according to RCMP

A large cloud of smoke and bright flames tower over the Eastern Hillsides area of Chilliwack. (Jil Sonia)

Firefighters in Chilliwack battled an overnight fire at a grow-op near a large forested area.

The fire broke out just before 11 p.m. Tuesday at a building in a rural area near the top of the Eastern Hillsides neighbourhood.

One woman living in the area told CBC News she saw large flames and embers flying through the air when the fire was in its early stages.

Chilliwack RCMP Sgt. Mike Sargent said three homes near the property were evacuated as a precaution and there were no injuries.

Chilliwack crews had to shuttle water up to the fire through the night as there are no hydrants in the area.

Crews appeared to have the fire under control just before 2:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Investigators will be back at the scene later to find out what sparked the fire.

With files from Gian-Paolo Mendoza

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