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Surrey Fire crews battle fire in vacant city-owned house

Surrey fire crews successfully contained a large fire that broke out in a house on 140 Street late Saturday night.

Firefighters able to contain most of the damage to the roof, attic

Fire crews douse hotspots in the attic of a ranch-style house on 140 Street. (Gian-Paolo Mendoza/CBC)

Surrey fire crews successfully contained a large fire that broke out in a house on 140 Street late Saturday night.

Neighbours called 911 after seeing large flames and smoke coming from a single story rancher near 106 Avenue and 140 Street around 11 p.m. Saturday.

"We found nobody inside, so there's no any injuries to residents or any of my crews," said Battalion Chief Gary McHarg, at the scene.

Batt. Chief McHarg says the fire did not pose any risk to any other homes in the area. (Gian-Paolo Mendoza/CBC)

McHarg said the house is on property that belongs to the City of Surrey, but he didn't know what the city's intended use for it was.

"They might be for development, park land, or schools, anything like that," he said.

 "The city has to buy property for that sometimes. It could be that — it could be something else."

The house was vacant at the time the fire broke out. (Gian-Paolo Mendoza/CBC)

The fire spread quickly into the roof and attic, but crews were able to contain most of the damage to those areas.

McHarg said the fire investigator will be looking into the incident later in the week.

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