British Columbia

Surrey man forced out of home after early morning trailer fire

The fire completely destroyed the RV trailer on 110A Avenue and a nearby shed.

"Everything I own is in there," says Troy Harrington, who was living in the trailer at the time.

Troy Harrington left behind his laptop and other precious belongings while escaping the blaze. (Gian-Paolo Mendoza/CBC)

Some Surrey residents were woken up this morning after a fire tore through their RV trailer.

The owner of the house next to the RV in the 13600-block of 110A Avenue called 911 just before 5 a.m. Sunday, after she started smelling smoke. She quickly woke up the trailer's residents, who were fast asleep at the time.

"I woke up to the sound of the lady I live with screaming, Troy get out of the trailer, get out of the trailer," said Troy Harrington, who was living in the RV at the time.

The woman living in the house next to the RV woke up two people living in the trailer when she saw the fire. (Gian-Paolo Mendoza/CBC)

They were able to escape just in time before the flames engulfed the trailer. Harrington says he tried to put out the fire with a garden hose, but it wasn't long enough to reach the flames.

Surrey firefighters arrived on scene within minutes and managed to contain the fast-moving blaze before it caught onto the main building.

Battalion Chief Andy George said although his crews attacked the fire quickly, the trailer was completely destroyed, along with almost all of Harrington's belongings.

Firefighters contained the blaze quickly after arriving on scene. (Gian-Paolo Mendoza/CBC)

"Everything I own is in there," said Harrington. "I had to borrow my neighbour's joggers and flip flops."

The cause of the fire is currently under investigation. In the meantime, Harrington says he is going to try and find accommodation elsewhere.