Pier Fire New Westminster

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Incident Description

Incident Date September 13, 2020
Name Pier Fire New Westminster (DGIR: 202110)
Source Fire 
Nearest Community New Westminster 
Spilled Content Unknown 
Who is involved? New Westminster Fire Department, Canadian Coast Guard, Environment and Climate Change Canada, Vancouver Port Authority, B.C. Ministry of Environment & Climate Change Strategy (ENV)


Response Phase Detail

The responsible person or spiller is legally required to clean-up or manage the clean-up of a spill. In incidents where the responsible person is unknown, unable or unwilling to manage the clean up, the Ministry of Environment & Climate Change Strategy (ENV) may assume the role. The updates below reflect the Ministry’s oversight of the spillers’ actions; details describe the spill response phase, only, and not the complete lifecycle of the spill. See More Information for other related reports. 

Updates are in reverse chronological order, with the most recent at the top. Industry-specific language may be explained in the Glossary of Terms (PDF).

Most Recent Update

September 16, 2020 - 9:00 am 

On September 13, 2020, a fire was reported in New Westminster along the pier. The New Westminster Fire Department contained the fire late in the evening on September 13 and remained onsite with the Vancouver Port Authority. Canadian Coast Guard attended the site to undertake an environmental assessment. At this time, there is no debris of concern or fuel sheen. 

The local health authority and First Nations have been notified. 

An Environmental Emergency Response Officer (EERO) with B.C. Ministry of Environment & Climate Change Strategy (ENV) will continue to monitor the incident.

No additional updates are anticipated.