Chilliwack firefighters spent several hours Tuesday trying to quell a fire in the roof of a Simpson Road feed mill.
The fire broke out just before 11 a.m. and smoke and flames could be seen coming out from beneath the roof of the barn-like building, which is located in an industrial park off Unsworth Road.
Those in neighbouring buildings said they heard an explosion come from the building.
The flames licking at the edge of the roof quickly subsided, but the location of the fire posed a difficult challenge to firefighters.
Firefighters entered the building and found fire in the attic and some “machinery vents,” assistant fire chief James MacDonald said in a press release.
To try and get at the blaze, a ladder truck was used to hose two firefighters to the exterior of the roof. They then used a rotary saw to cut two holes in the roof in order to access the stubborn blaze.
“The mill sustained heavy fire and smoke damage to some machinery and the roof structure,” MacDonald said.
The cause of the fire is under investigation, but Macdonald said it “appears to be accidental.”