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Queensborough Bridge Closed in Both Directions After Massive Fire

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Commuters found work was a little more difficult to get to this morning.

The Queensborough Bridge is currently closed in both directions and isn’t expected to open up again before noon.

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An overnight electrical fire caused the power to go out in an entire section of New Westminster, and in turn caused the bridge to lose power.

Reportedly, the fire occurred around 2.30 am, when an high voltage cable failed on the bridge and caused the fire. Officers noted the blaze on a routine inspection, when they saw smoke billowing out from underneath the bridge that led them to the fire below.

All schools in the Queensborough area have been closed, and Translink has rerouted the 410 bus route over the Knight Street Bridge.

Crews are working steadily at the scene but it may be days before power is restored to the area.

Commuters hoping to use the bridge should keep in mind that although the bridge may open around noon, officials warn it may take longer.

Earlier this month a 19 vehicle crash also caused morning chaos on the recently toll free Port Mann Bridge, which has seen an increase of 30,000 crossings per day since the tolls were removed.

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