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Surrey firefighters pushed back by explosions

Firefighters were forced to back off an attack of a Fleetwood fire Tuesday after they heard several explosions coming from the house.

Fire crews were called to a blaze at 8727 Milton Drive on Tuesday and were forced to leave the house when they heard the booming sound of things being blown up by the heat.

"The first-in crew did report explosions, as neighbours did as well," said Surrey's Deputy Fire Chief Dan Barnscher. "They were small butane cylinders that are used for a portable cooking stove."

"Unless they (firefighters) know what it is and where it's coming from, we have to back off and set up a defensive attack rather than an offensive attack," he said.

Four people were at home at the time and were not injured in the fire.

Barnscher said there were functional smoke alarms in the house.

Investigators are still working to establish the cause of the fire.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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