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Published Time: 21.06.2024 - 04:13:12 Modified Time: 21.06.2024 - 04:13:12

Wyenberg confirmed there are no reported injuries to fire crews or bystanders, but is advising the public there is an air quality concern east of the fire. Richmond Fire, fire vancouver


Richmond Fire-Rescue (RFR) crew is battling the large industrial fire with "seven apparatus" on scene, according to Grant Wyenberg, assistant deputy chief of RFR.

"Crews have extinguished the warehouse portion of the fire but are not able to reach the trestle bridge," said Wyenberg.

A fire boat is enroute to the scene to help with the area over the Fraser River.

He added investigators have not begun their investigation of the fire yet.

Wyenberg confirmed there are no reported injuries to fire crews or bystanders, but is advising the public there is an air quality concern east of the fire.

Stefen Kloppenburg, owner of Full Circle Furniture, was working in the parking lot of his before he spotted the smoke in the sky.

When he saw the raging fire at the uninhabited dock, he called the fire department.

"While I was standing there and on the phone with fire rescue, a transformer exploded and shot like blue sparks and stuff all around," said Kloppenburg.

"There were still driving down the road like under the flames."

He told the Richmond News that he was frustrated to see  gathering and "spectating and filming" on the narrow road despite the "already raging fire."

"It's just a little crazy because this has to be cleared out so the fire department can come in here and if there's blocking the road, how's the fire truck going to get through?"

According to Kloppenburg, three to four firetrucks arrived on the scene within 10 minutes of the call.

A decommissioned railroad bridge in the area was also on fire, according to a photo from X user Lucas Gates.

Residents of Richmond could see the plumes as far south as Walter Lee Neighbourhood Park and is also visible in the Marpole neighbourhood in Vancouver. 

Meanwhile, E-Comm is asking the public to not call 9-1-1 with questions on the large fire in Richmond.

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