Fire crews battle overnight blazes in Pitt Meadows, Abbotsford
RCMP said owners managed to rescue some of the cattle from Pitt Meadows dairy farm fire
Fire crews in Pitt Meadows and Abbotsford were kept busy fighting fires overnight.
The first was a large fire that destroyed a barn on a dairy farm in PItt Meadows.
The blaze sent a thick cloud of smoke into the air when the fire broke out just after midnight Friday at a farm in the 20100-block of Dewdney Trunk Road.
Bright orange flames could be seen as far as the Pitt River Bridge.
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Ridge Meadows RCMP said no one was hurt and the owners managed to get most of the cattle at the farm out of the barn.
They could not confirm if all the cattle made it out safely.
Shop fire in Abbotsford
In Abbotsford, fire crews were called to a large building fire in the 27000-block of Townshipline Road around 2 a.m. PT.
The building, believed to be a shop that housed cars and automotive parts, was entirely engulfed in flames when crews arrived.
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Crews had trouble getting hoses to the fire, as a large locked gate was blocking the only entrance to the property. The freezing temperatures also presented a challenge, said assistant fire chief Craig Bird.
"Definitely below zero conditions right now and cold temperatures makes fire fighting with water a little more difficult," he said.
"We do have collapse potential in this building so that this point in time, it's a defensive fire," he added.
Both blazes are currently under investigation.
With files from Gian-Paolo Mendoza