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Annual golf tourney set for King’s Links 17 Giving it a tri Over 400 take part in Delta Triathlon 24 Optimist Delta Newsstand 50¢ YOUR SOURCE FOR LOCAL SPORTS, NEWS, WEATHER AND ENTERTAINMENT! WWW.DELTA-OPTIMIST.COM The Voice of Delta since 1922 WEDNESDAY, APRIL 28, 2010 Working overtime Delta United advances to Provincial Cup semi-finals 30 Relax and Enjoy the warmth of the Mediterranean right here on the West Coast. Monday is Wednesday is Pasta Nite Chicken Nite Tuesday is Lamb Nite 0428???? 3 Tsawwassen’s Ike Barber gives Kwantlen $2.5M Tee it up for hospital Many, many dishes to choose from: Fresh Cajun Halibut, Fresh Mussels & Clams Athena, Popular Rack of Lamb Dijonnaise and Steak Calypso Thursday is Bison Ribs Nite 04289140 Record donation Join us for Lunch or Dinner LUNCH (Mon-Fri.) 11am - 3pm; DINNER Sun. - Thurs. 5pm-Closing WEEKENDS 5pm-Closing #220-6165 Highway #17, Delta, BC 604-940-0200 Don’t allow accidents to congest highways BY DAVE WILLIS A fire that originated in a clothing company spread to adjacent businesses in the 7900-block of Huston Road early yesterday morning. PHOTO BY CHUNG CHOW Fire rips through complex Five businesses in Tilbury Industrial Park suffer millions in damage in early morning blaze BY JESSICA KERR Damage is estimated in the millions of dollars after a fire ripped through a building in the Tilbury Industrial Park early yesterday morning. Delta fire and police departments responded to the blaze in the 7900-block of Huston Road just before 1 a.m. The fire started in one business but quickly took off and spread to the entire complex. In all, about five businesses were affected. Deputy fire chief Ken Sim said around 20 to 25 per cent of the building was lost to the fire. “Some businesses were protect- ed and saved,” he said. “There is water damage to other businesses. All-in-all, a good job by Delta fire (department).” Sim said about 40 firefighters and six trucks were on scene to battle the blaze he described as “very, very difficult to put out” due to the nature of the business where the fire started — a clothing company. Crews were still on scene later in the morning and smoke could still be seen coming from the building. Fire and police investigators continue to examine the scene. The cause of the fire is still under investigation. PHOTO BY CHUNG CHOW Approximately 40 firefighters battled the blaze at an industrial complex on Huston Road. The Delta Chamber of Commerce wants to see a better plan in place to deal with traffic congestion caused by accidents. A “highway incident management” resolution, which originated with the local chamber, will be voted on at the B.C. Chamber of Commerce annual general meeting next month. If it passes, it will be presented to the provincial government. It calls for “an incident management system under the coordinated direction of a single agency.” The local business group has a great deal of support on the initiative from other chambers, not only in the Lower Mainland, but the interior as well, said Delta Chamber of Commerce chair John Appleby. “It’s merely a question of making sure there’s a priority to reopening roads after incidents. We’d very much like to see that enacted,” he said. If a major roadway, bridge or tunnel is affected by an accident, traffic “cascades to alternate routes with insufficient capacity to deal with the demand during what is often an inordinate amount of time to clear the incident,” the resolution states. The delays contribute to significant losses to trade and commerce in the Lower Mainland, it adds. The resolution suggests the use of advances in technology like air photographs and computerized measuring techniques in investigating an incident and making sure the suitable equipment is immediately available to clear scenes of traffic incidents. Vehicles heading through the George Massey Tunnel and into Richmond and Vancouver encountered a snag yesterday morning after a multi-vehicle collision brought traffic temporarily to a standstill. Traffic was backed up for some time after the crash, which occurred at the mouth of the tunnel in the northbound lanes.

Delta Optimist - April 28, 2010

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