Sunday, January 18, 2009

Pattullo Bridge Fire Damage Sunday January 18: Bridge Closed

YouTube videos of Pattullo Bridge fire January 18:

A fire on the Pattullo Bridge early today will have it shut down in both directions for at least 4 weeks.

The blaze began around 3am.

The wooden beams under the bridge deck caught on fire and then spread to the actual bridge itself.

Inspector Derren Lench with Surrey RCMP says there were cars on the bridge when the fire broke out.

"Upon arrival they found flames that were coming up onto the south end of the Pattullo Bridge from both sides of the bridge deck. There was traffic found on the bridge, I think there was a bus actually stopped right in the location of the fire and some other vehicles."

Ken Hardie with TransLink says the span will remain closed until structural engineers can do a thorough assessment.

" We have damage assessments such that they don't feel safe letting the bridge open. We're going to take a look at those timbers to see what are our options are."

What started the fire has not yet been determined, however investigators are treating the fire as suspicious.

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