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South Surrey fire temporarily shuts MP's office, IHOP restaurant

A Surrey RCMP officer speaks with a man at the scene of an early-morning fire that broke out at 4:30 a.m. in South Surrey Friday. - Alex Browne photo
A Surrey RCMP officer speaks with a man at the scene of an early-morning fire that broke out at 4:30 a.m. in South Surrey Friday.
— image credit: Alex Browne photo

An early-morning fire in South Surrey damaged the roof of Johnston Plaza Friday, and prompted the temporary closure of business tenants.

Surrey firefighters responded to the 2429 152 St. complex around 4:30 a.m. Nov. 9 to find flames coming from the roof.

The fire – which crews determined started in a unit formerly occupied by TD Canada Trust – was under control when police arrived a short time later.

The closure affected MP Russ Hiebert’s constituency office, as well as the IHOP restaurant.

An investigator told Peace Arch News it’s believed a heater may have caused the blaze, however, investigation is ongoing.

Access to the complex’s parking lot was blocked until about 9:30 a.m., when yellow police tape that had surrounded the plaza was removed.

The extent of damage was unknown at PAN’s holiday weekend press deadline Friday afternoon.

 

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