Six people were taken to hospital after two overnight fires in Surrey Tuesday.
First, the fire department responded to a house fire in Newton, near 127th Street and 72nd Avenue, at 11:02 p.m.
Assistant Chief Ben Dirksen said the first firefighters on scene raised the fire to a second alarm.
Six people were taken to Surrey Memorial Hospital, he noted.
The investigation is ongoing in that fire, but Dirksen said they did have working smoke detectors, “which was helpful.”
Then, early Wednesday morning around 6:30 a.m., crews responded to another home on fire near 125A Street and 104th Avenue.
That fire, too, was upgraded to a second alarm fire and about 20 firefighters worked to put out the blaze.
That fire displaced nine people, said Dirksen, including two children.
They were all in the backyard of the home when fire crews arrived, he said. They were treated by BC Ambulance Service on scene, but none were taken to hospital, according to Dirksen.
Close to a dozen fire engines and more than 10 Surrey RCMP cruisers were still on scene at 8 a.m. and a fire investigator had began to probe the cause of the blaze.
“It’s unknown at this time if there was a working smoke detector in that fire,” said Dirksen. “The investigation is ongoing in this one as well.”
Traffic was initially blocked off on 104th Avenue between 126th Street and and 124th Street and all along 125A Street.