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A pile of wires on fire in Richmond delays traffic

Richmond Fire-Rescue and Richmond RCMP were called to a vacant home near Garden City Road and Alderbridge Way on Tuesday.
Richmond Fire-Rescue responded to a fire on Tuesday afternoon. Richmond News photo

A fire in the backyard of a vacant home in Richmond was causing traffic delays on Tuesday afternoon.

A pile of wires in the yard of a fenced-off vacant home on Garden City Road, near Alderbridge Way, was burning around 3 p.m., according to Richmond Fire-Rescue deputy fire chief Al McGrath.

"Somebody had decided to enter the fenced-off home and appeared to try and steal copper off some wires, resulting in a small fire in the backyard," said McGrath.

The fire was easily contained and extinguished, and no damage was done to the vacant home, he added.

"Luckily no one was injured and we are thanking the community for being aware and reporting incidents like this."

Richmond RCMP is currently investigating the incident, according to McGrath.

The Richmond News has reached out to Richmond RCMP for further comment.