UPDATE: September 13, 11:20 pm:
New Westminster Mayor Jonathan Cote says fire crews are receiving assistance from departments across Metro Vancouver. “The fire is being contained to the old part of the pier, but it is likely the old pier of the park will be completely destroyed,” he stated on Twitter.
He adds that at this time, the cause of the blaze is unknown.
Devastating fire in Pier Park this evening. Just spoke to our Fire Chief. We are receiving assistance from fire departments across the region. The fire is being contained to the old part of the pier, but it is likely the old pier of the park will be completely destroyed. pic.twitter.com/Yvdfg4vPYN
— Jonathan Cote (@jonathanxcote) September 14, 2020
UPDATE: September 13, 10:23 pm:
New Westminster Police say Front Street is closed from East Columbia to Stewardson Way and there is no access to the Front Street parkade. The public is advised to avoid the area.
Due to a large fire at Westminster Pier Park, Front Street is closed from East Columbia to Stewardson Way. There is no access to the Front Street parkade. Please avoid the area. #NewWest pic.twitter.com/UjQPuzvMxY
— New West Police (@NewWestPD) September 14, 2020
Emergency crews are on scene battling a fire at New Westminster’s Pier Park.
Witness Utah Cowx shared footage of the blaze online. He told Daily Hive the footage was taken from his 14th-floor condo.
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“Noticed the fire almost exactly one hour ago, looked fairly small and grew very quickly. People were moved off the pier about 25 minutes after it started and the entire area is engulfed,” he said.
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— Jan Lyn (@easydoesit65) September 14, 2020
Deputy Chief Tyler Moore with Vancouver Fire Department said his crews are on the way to assist with the dock fire.
We are send one of our @VanFireRescue Fireboats to assist #NewWestminsterFire with this dock fire. It looks like we will be there for awhile! @ACSheldonYoung @ACOpsConnelly @IAFF18 @EComm911_info https://t.co/LV1GyWi4dS
— Deputy Chief Tyler Moore (@DeputyTMoore) September 14, 2020
The fire has also suspended Skytrain service between Columbia and Scott Road stations.
TransLink says the Expo Line is running between Waterfront and Production Way Station and a bus bridge is operating between Scott Road Station to Columba Station.
#SkyTrain Expo Line service between Columbia & Scott Rd Stn suspended due to fire. Expo Line is running between Waterfront & Production Way Stn. A bus bridge will operate between Scott Rd Stn to Columbia Stn, M-Line & Canada Line not affected.^jd
— TransLink BC | Masks Mandatory (@TransLink) September 14, 2020
This is a breaking story and will be updated as more information becomes available.