Fire strikes at Fraser Highway business

“It was a save,” said an unidentified Langley firefighter as he walked back to his truck Tuesday morning. 

The quick response of Langley Township fire department that knocked down a fire at IBMD (Independent Building Materials Distribution Ltd.) on the Fraser Highway just east of 242nd Avenue saved three businesses.

“The potential is enormous… it’s a large wooden building,” said District Chief Bryant Ross at the scene.

They received the call at 8:17 a.m. and Ross said the fire started in the lathe room. 

Anna Jensen has worked at IBMD for two years and said the fire started near her mom’s machine, a lathe saw.

“It started out very small. We used every fire extinguisher we had and got the hose,” she said while a co-worker called 911.

“It could have been worse. [The fire department] got here really fast,” she said.

Assistant Township fire chief Bruce Ferguson said the fire got into the ceiling from its starting point at the electrical motor.

Fraser Highway was shut down between 240th Street and 248th Street to allow tankers to rapidly bring in water.

Twenty-five to 30 firefighters and eight trucks responded to the fire. Three businesses, IBMD, The Lumber Yard and Permanent Pole were impacted.

The fire was extinguished by about 10 a.m. and just a few firefighters were on the scene.

There were no injuries said Ross and the cause, while not deemed suspicious, is under investigation.

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