British Columbia

2 people dead after 'very challenging' house fire in Surrey

Two people are dead after an early morning house fire in Surrey, B.C.

Firefighters were called to the Whalley neighbourhood just after 4:15 a.m. PT

Firefighters in Surrey, B.C., responded to a large early morning house fire in the Whalley neighbourhood just after 4:15 a.m. PT on Thursday. (Joel Ballard/CBC)

Two people are dead after a large fire at a secluded home in Surrey, B.C., early Thursday morning.

Firefighters were called to the house on 125B Street, near Old Yale Road in the Whalley neighbourhood, just after 4:15 a.m. PT. The top floor of the home was fully engulfed in flames.

Crews pulled two elderly people from the home, but they were pronounced dead.

"[It was a] very challenging fire on arrival," said Steve Serbic, the assistant chief of operations with the Surrey Fire Service.

The house on 125B Avenue, shrouded in trees and brush, pictured after the fire on Thursday. (Joel Ballard/CBC)

The house is difficult to see from the street, surrounded by thick brush and large trees. Neighbours said it was difficult to find a way into the building.

"I come out around 4:15, 4:30 [a.m.] and see the house engulfed," said Jora Chima, who lives next door. 

"I got my roommate up and we ran over to see if we could get [the residents] up ... The flames were just too high. Flames shooting 30, 40 feet [9-12 metres] into the air," he continued.

"I wanted to give hats off to the firefighters. They did a really good job for what limited space they had to work with. Because, really, there was no access to get into this place."

Serbic said 34 firefighters and 11 trucks responded to the fire. The RCMP and the B.C. Coroners Service are investigating.

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