British Columbia

Three-alarm fire destroys Surrey sawmill

Fire crews are batlling a three-alarm blaze at the MacKenzie Sawmill in Surrey.

Fire crews have put out a three-alarm blaze at the MacKenzie Sawmill in Surrey.

The  Surrey fire department says two thirds of the mill has been destroyed by the fire, which started at about 11 a.m. PT.

At the height of the fire, flames and heavy black smoke could be seen from the neighbourhood, in the area of of 130 Street and 116 Avenue.

There were no reported injuries from the fire, but workers are worried about the fate of the mill's 140 jobs, said employee Iqbal Purewal.

"It's so bad because I work all my life here," Purewal told CBC News. "Now I am close to retirement and it was my second home."

He said the mill was shutdown temporarily after a smaller fire damaged some equipment in November.

Purewall said workers were hoping to go back to work in March.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.