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Massive fire destroys stretch of New Westminster pier; residents warned of ‘highly toxic’ smoke [Video]

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NEW WESTMINSTER, B.C. –A massive fire that broke out Sunday night has destroyed much of a park along New Westminster's waterfront.

New Westminster Fire and Rescue Services was called to the Westminster Pier Park shortly after 8 p.m. after reports of a brush fire.

“When the crews arrived we had fire underneath the wharf by the New Westminster 'W',” said Chief Tim Armstrong.

The blaze spread quickly, forcing crews to upgrade it to a four-alarm fire.

“Being that it’s an old creosote dock the fire spread rapidly to the west,” he explained.

Armstrong believes five to six acres have been destroyed between the SkyTrain bridge and the park’s concession stand.

He says accessing the fire was difficult.

"The big challenge is the toxic smoke that is created by the creosote pilings. We've got minimal access to it. Can't put crews on top of the structure and the fire’s actually burning underneath,” Armstrong told CTV News.

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