An evacuation order has been lifted and traffic began to move more freely through North West Langley after firefighters successfully battled fires fueled by explosive chemicals on Tuesday afternoon.
One man was injured in the explosions and fire. He suffered burns, but the severity of his injuries is not known at this time.
Langley Township assistant fire chief Bruce Ferguson said he was relieved that no one else was hurt.
“It definitely had the potential for being a lot worse than that,” he said.
One, possibly two tanker trucks exploded, followed by further explosions of shop supplies, possibly acetylene tanks and tires.
A trailer loaded with isopropyl alcohol was near the site, but the fire didn’t spread far enough to reach it.
The 911 call came in at just after 2 p.m., alerting firefighters to an explosion at a trucking plant in the 19800 block of Telegraph Trail.
Other explosions occurred as firefighters arrived at the scene and began setting up.
From the start, there was a concern that the fire was chemical in nature, said Cpl. Holly Marks of the Langley RCMP.
Police and fire crews immediately began evacuating the area, getting employees out of businesses as far west as 192nd Street in Surrey.
Langley Township firefighters battled the blaze, with help from Surrey and Langley City fire crews. About seven fire crews were on hand at one point to extinguish the fire.
Power was knocked out as several transformers blew, said Marks.
Langley RCMP and Port Mann Traffic Services were there to control the scene, with B.C. Ambulance providing medical aid, said Marks.
WorkSafe BC and Transport Canada both arrived to look over the scene as the fire was put out.
The cost of the fire is estimated at around $1 million, according to Ferguson. The exact cause remains unknown so far.
The Golden Ears Bridge was shut down, as were rail lines in the area, and multiple roads, said Marks.