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Overnight fire in Burnaby guts furniture warehouse

Last Updated Feb 24, 2017 at 8:04 am PDT

(James Cybulski, NEWS 1130 photo)

BURNABY (NEWS 1130) – The damage is estimated to be in the millions of dollars after an early morning fire demolished a furniture warehouse in Burnaby.

Firefighters say the fire is under control and is ‘burning itself out’, but crews remain on scene to monitor the blaze.

People in the area say it smells heavily of smoke for blocks around the building.

It’s believed the fire started in the back of the building around 2 a.m. Assistant Fire Chief Lane Zimmerman says it was a challenging battle.

“When you can’t get inside to put it out and you’re just lobbing water form the outside, it’s really tough to get at lot of the spots so that’s that biggest problem — getting water on the fire when you’re fighting it externally.”

And not only that, all the extra furniture in the building added to the fire.

As for what sparked the flames, Zimmerman says it’s hard to say.

“We’ll have our investigation team today and try to figure out how it started.”

No one was injured as the inferno was in more of an industrial area rather than a residential one and no mass evacuations were requires.

Traffic is expected to be blocked in the Imperial and Antrim area for a few hours yet as the fire dies.