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(Video) Stolen Jeep ends up on fire right next to Burnaby refinery

Firefighters doused a suspicious vehicle fire on McGill Street in North Burnaby early Wednesday morning
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Burnaby firefighters douse a burning vehicle on McGill Street early Wednesday morning.

Police are investigating a suspicious vehicle fire close to the Parkland Refinery in North Burnaby early Wednesday morning.

Firefighters were on scene on McGill Street by McGill Park right beside the refinery shortly after 3 a.m., according to local resident Daniel Fiss.

“(A) large bang woke me up at around 3:10 a.m., and when I saw sirens and flames out my bedroom window, I went out to investigate,” Fiss said in an email to the NOW.  “(It) took about 20 minutes to put out the fire, and then three RCMP vehicles showed up to talk to the fire crew and look inside the vehicle.”

Burnaby RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Brett Cunningham said the burning vehicle, an older model Jeep Cherokee, had been reported stolen in East Vancouver, and police are investigating the fire as suspicious.

"It's under investigation at this point whether it was tied into any other offence," Cunningham said of the Jeep.

The NOW has reached out to the Burnaby Fire Department for more details about the blaze and is waiting to hear back.

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