Huge fire destroys strip mall in Surrey

13 fire trucks and 50 firefighters battle blaze

A massive four-alarm fire on Scott Road, Surrey, destroyed as many as nine businesses early Thursday morning, at 8318 Forest Hill Plaza.

Surrey Deputy Fire Chief Larry Thomas said dozens of firefighters encountered heavy smoke when they were called to the scene, at about 2:30 a.m. In just a short time the small fire and smoke seen at the rear of the building had engulfed the basement in a blazing inferno.

Local and Vancouver TV stations were already airing footage of the blazing inferno in the early hours showing over 50 firefighters and 13 fire trucks battling the blaze.

By around 6:30 a.m. firefighters had managed to contain the blaze, said deputy chief Karen Fry of the Surrey Fire Service. However local residents said they could smell the smoke from the fire blocks away.

The complex housed a number of businesses including the Bombay Palki Restaurant, City Pizza, a currency exchange and an accountant.