January 18, 2019 12:42 am
Updated: January 18, 2019 6:15 pm

Five people escape Surrey duplex blaze

WATCH: A tipped candle was blamed for a duplex fire in Surrey

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Fire heavily damaged a Surrey home in the 12900-block of 108th Avenue early Thursday evening.

At about 6:30 p.m., firefighters were called to a two-unit duplex and were greeted by flames shooting from the unit on the right.

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Surrey crews work to knock down a fire in a duplex in Whalley on Thursday.

Shane MacKichan

The call was upgraded to a second-alarm fire, and as many as 20 firefighters converged on the scene to attack the interior of the home.

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Five people in total from both units and three large dogs escaped the blaze.

Fire crews managed to contain the blaze within an hour.

Surrey crews work to knock down a fire in a duplex in Whalley on Thursday.

Shane MacKichan

One of the occupants had reportedly mentioned that a candle had been burning in a bedroom inside the unit where the fire had started.

Battalion Chief Brian Carmichael says a fire investigator will be on the scene Friday to determine the actual cause of the fire.

On Friday morning, investigators confirmed there were no working smoke alarms in the home.

Surrey crews work to knock down a fire in a duplex in Whalley on Thursday.

Shane MacKichan

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