Fire erupts on flooded hwy. in Abbotsford, B.C., sends toxic fumes into air

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Fire erupts on flooded hwy. in Abbotsford, B.C., sends toxic fumes into air
Fire erupts on flooded hwy. in Abbotsford, B.C., sends toxic fumes into air
Fire erupts on flooded hwy. in Abbotsford, B.C., sends toxic fumes into air

On Wednesday morning, fire crews in Abbotsford, B.C. were called in to respond to a fire that broke out near Highway 1, east of Whatcom road, an area that is currently flooded due to the major storm event that took place earlier this week.

An evacuation order is in place due to ongoing flooding.

Video taken by local media shows loud bangs coming from the area around the fire. At a Wednesday morning press conference, Darren Lee, Fire Chief for the City of Abbotsford, said the fire started in an Recreaional Vehicle(RV) dealership, and "a lot of RVs are on fire" in the vehicle holding lot.

According to the CBC, about 100 out of the 500 RVs on the lot were on fire as of 7:45 a.m. PT.

About 40 personnel were deployed to the scene. Chief Lee said water has begun to recede on the west side of the river, making it easier for crews to reach the toxic flames. The fire is situated close to a propane filling station and an overhead 500,000 kilovolt power line, elevating concerns.

"If you actually have enough smoke, the power can go to ground through the smoke particulate," Lee said.

Residents are being asked to leave the area, with the wind blowing significant smoke westward. Homeowners are being asked to shut their windows, doors, and turn off their HVAC systems.

Classes at the University of the Fraser Valley have been cancelled classes for the remainder of the week. In Chillwack and Hope, schools were closed Wednesday.

PHOTOS: FIRE BREAKS OUT IN ABBOTSFORD AMID FLOODS

VIDEO: FIRE OFFICIALS SPEAK TO REPORTERS

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