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Blaze breaks out on barge

A floating barge on the Fraser River caught fire Monday afternoon, and posed significant problems for responding fire crews.

The blaze began around 3:30 p.m. near Crescent Island and Stave River, between Maple Ridge and Mission.

It’s unknown the cause of the fire, but CTV Vancouver reports that officials have said a worker on the barge was using a torch to take the barge apart shortly before the fire broke out.

The barge was docked away from another vessel, which made it difficult for crews to access as they battled the blaze from the shore.

A lack of available fire hydrants further complicated matters and meant crews had to drive back and forth from the scene to fill up with water. Two portable pumps were also used to take water from the river.

No one was injured in the blaze and the Ministry of Environment attended the scene to assess the area for any potential environmental impact.


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