Ken Myles has seen his fair share of annoying petty crimes since moving into a 110-unit complex at 195th Street and Fraser Highway in 1997.
But on Sept. 22 the fire alarm went off at about 4:45 a.m. after someone ditched a stolen car in the underground visitor parking area and set it ablaze. "It could have been catastrophic," Myles said. He's angry at the mindset of anyone who would set a car on fire under a three-storey, wood-frame complex with people asleep above and with a care facility next door.
Myles said there was a real danger of the gas tank exploding or the fire spreading to nearby vehicles and this borders on attempted homicide.
"It's got to be taken more seriously," he said.
He'd like to see more police patrols of the area.
Surrey Fire Department sent three trucks and 12 firefighters from three halls. Deputy chief Larry Thomas said two sprinklers went off, helping contain the fire.
Smoke from the burning vehicle filled several units in the building and had to be cleared out with fire deparment fans.
"We did room to room checks with the tenants," Thomas added.
The Surrey RCMP is investigating the incident that involved the torching of a 1995 Honda Accord.
"Fortunately it is very rate that it is done in an underground parking area," said Cpl. Bert Paquet. "Definately a lack of common sense or an understanding of what could have happened."
He said the registered owner lives in Brookswood but the vehicle parked in the area of 188th Street and 54th Avenue when stolen. The registered owner contacted the authorities mid-afternoon to report it stolen.
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