Surrey Central SkyTrain Station and bus loop reopen after fire forces closure

A fire at nearby hockey shop forced the closure for six hours on Saturday.

Millennium and Canada Lines were unaffected

Buses which would normally stop at SkyTrain's Surrey Central station were rerouted to King George station on Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017, while trains bypassed Surrey Central station due to a nearby fire. (YouTube)

The Surrey Central SkyTrain station and bus loop — on the Expo Line — have reopened after a nearby fire closed it for six hours on Saturday.

According to TransLink, the fire was on City Parkway between 102 and 104 Avenues, and heavy smoke blew into the station.

During the closure, the Millennium and Canada Lines were unaffected.

According to a tweet, the fire appears to be in the Hockey Shop, a sporting goods store.

Surrey Fire Captain Brian Woznikoski said the fire is now contained, but that the building's structure was posing a challenge to crews. 

"The rear of the building has a metal decking, and the fire penetrated between the ceiling and that roof material," Woznikoski said.

"It's really challenging for crews because we're slowly peeling off the decking to make sure the hot spots are out. We're just moving crews in and out because it's very labour intensive."

Woznikoski said he expects crews will remain on the scene for several hours.