NEWTON — Big clouds of smoke were billowing through the skies of Surrey on Friday evening.
Some families spent the weekend trying to find out what remained in their storage unit after a fire broke out at a U-Haul in Surrey.
On Friday (Nov. 10) around 5:30 p.m., a fire broke out at the U-Haul storage unit in Surrey on King George Boulevard and 84th Avenue.
Crews were on-scene battling the fire until 4 a.m., before reports of the fire reigniting began shortly after 6 a.m.
The Surrey Fire Department was called back to the scene to get rid of the remaining flames.
According to reports, 18 units were damaged.
Surrey Fire Battalion Chief Kevin Beenahm described some of the challenges that the fire department faced while battling the blaze.
“The materials in a storage unit is like that of the world’s largest teenager’s closet,” said Beenahm. “All of the plastics and polyesters melt together and cools in a protective shell. Every so often, the dry materials on the inside reignite.”
The Surrey Fire Department was called back at least three times since the initial blaze, including once on Sunday morning.
Witnesses say they heard explosions coming from the U-Haul storage unit.
Beenahm pointed out there are many pressurized containers, such as fire extinguishers and small propane tanks inside some of the units.
RCMP are investigating the cause of the fire.