Fire destroys rail tower, arson suspected

Also, a driver was trapped in a car after it hit a concrete median early Saturday in Maple Ridge and tumbled over an embankment.

  • Oct. 11, 2011 11:00 a.m.

A fire that destroyed a building along a railway track in west Maple Ridge was deliberately set.

The Maple Ridge Fire Department responded to the call at 6 p.m. Thursday after a passer-by noticed a utility building closed to the railway crossing at Lorne Avenue and Maple Crescent on fire.

Fire chief Dane Spence believes it was an arson fire, but added it is not connected to a string of suspicious fires set in the Albion area last week.


Driver trapped

A driver was trapped in a car after it hit a concrete median early Saturday in Maple Ridge and tumbled over an embankment.

The single vehicle crash happened around 8:30 a.m. on Telosky Hill in the 23000-block of Lougheed Highway.

The car hit the median, veered off the road and fell down a steep treed slope.

Fire chief Dane Spence said the woman inside was lucky the accident was witnessed by other drivers.

“The car could not be seen from the road.”

Firefighters used the jaw-of-life to remove a door and free the trapped driver.

She was carried up the slope to a waiting ambulance by firefighters and paramedics.

Police are still investigating the crash and will be examining the vehicle involved.

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