A large fire erupted at a plastic recycling plant in the Queensborough neighbourhood of New Westminster on Monday night, a month after a devastating blaze destroyed a large portion of New West’s waterfront.
The latest blaze on Boyne Street, near Salter Street and Derwent Way, created massive plumes of fire and smoke at about 8 p.m. that was shared widely on social media.
City of New Westminster spokeswoman Ashleigh Young said the fire was contained by Tuesday morning, and fire investigators were at the scene.
The blaze comes a month after New West firefighters and other fire crews tackled a fire on the New West pier that burned for days, belching toxins into the air. The western portion of the waterfront park, that is built atop metal piers, was untouched by the blaze, while the old section — built on creosote-covered piers — needed to be completely removed once the fire was brought under control.
On Tuesday, Sean Warnick, 49, of New West was charged with arson and mischief that allegedly led to the pier blaze — expected to cost at least $10 million to repair and remediate.
Warnick was released from custody with conditions for an upcoming court appearance.