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Fire at White Rock Condo Construction Site Causing Water Problems

Written by; Chad Simco / TCCN Staff Writer
Added on: Sun May 15 2016


Early this Sunday morning, May 15th, 2016, at approximately 5am, a huge fire broke out in a condo construction site in White Rock, BC. The fire has caused problems with water for residents in the area.

The location of the site is near Buena Vista Avenue and Johnson Road in the Five Corners neighborhood of White Rock. The fire was reported by residents at approximately 5 a.m., shortly after firefighters arrived at the scene to assist residents in evacuating the area. Firefighters are remaining at the scene throughout the day.

Local resident Jacqueline Lewis awoke at around 7 a.m. and instantly noticed thick black smoke billowing from the fire of the nearby condo complex. Briefly after, she became aware that the water to her apartment building had either been shut off, or had completely lost its pressure.

Lewis and husband Colin live 6 streets north of the blaze in an apartment building with several other senior citizens who, like themselves, cannot get much if any water from their taps.

Another local resident, Christine Kannegiesser, who lives 4 streets over from the fire, also spotted that her toilet filled up with dark colored water shortly before water pressure dropped.

The City of White Rock has not yet set a "boil water advisory" for the area. If or when such an advisory is enacted, it will be reported on the City of White Rock website to inform residents.

A Fraser Health spokeswoman stated at 12 noon that while the agency would support a boil water advisory, they did not receive notice from the city that one was in place.

Unlike most parts of the region, White Rock is not connected to the Metro Vancouver water system. Instead, its 20,000 residents get their water from the Sunnyside Uplands Aquifer and six ground wells in the area, according to the municipality.

For several years the city's water utility was privately run, but the city took control of the system in the fall of 2015.

Cause of the fire is yet determined and currently under investigation.


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