Five people escape Surrey duplex blaze

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Fire heavily damaged a Surrey home in the 12900-block of 108th Avenue early Thursday evening.

At about 6:30 p.m., firefighters were called to a two-unit duplex and were greeted by flames shooting from the unit on the right.

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Surrey crews work to knock down a fire in a duplex in Whalley on Thursday.

Surrey crews work to knock down a fire in a duplex in Whalley on Thursday.

Shane MacKichan

The call was upgraded to a second-alarm fire, and as many as 20 firefighters converged on the scene to attack the interior of the home.

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Five people in total from both units and three large dogs escaped the blaze.

Fire crews managed to contain the blaze within an hour.

Surrey crews work to knock down a fire in a duplex in Whalley on Thursday.

Surrey crews work to knock down a fire in a duplex in Whalley on Thursday.

Shane MacKichan

One of the occupants had reportedly mentioned that a candle had been burning in a bedroom inside the unit where the fire had started.

Battalion Chief Brian Carmichael says a fire investigator will be on the scene Friday to determine the actual cause of the fire.

Surrey crews work to knock down a fire in a duplex in Whalley on Thursday.

Surrey crews work to knock down a fire in a duplex in Whalley on Thursday.

Shane MacKichan

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