Early morning fire destroys two homes in South Langley

Langley Township fire crews has to fight two house fires on the same lot early Sunday morning.

A home under construction and an adjacent home caught fire in the 23800 block of 36A Avenue on Oct. 1.

The home under construction was well along in the process.

“Drywallers were set to come in today, I understand,” Township deputy fire chief Bruce Ferguson said Monday.

The fire was considered suspicious.

“We’re treating it as suspicious because of the fact that it was 3:30 in the morning and nobody was living in the house,” he explained.

A fire department investigator and the RCMP were on scene Sunday sifting through the charred structures. Investigators found the different systems of the house in working order and properly installed. The owner was the contractor building the new home. The owner had permits and had called for inspections. The furnace had not been turned on.

Investigator Pat Walker added that the source appears to be either wood stain or rags containing stain catching fire. A chemical reaction took place, causing the fire, something that can happen with oil-based products.

While the family home next door had smoke alarms, it was the sound that work up the occupants, he noted.

The fire resulted in significant damage.

“With the two houses combined I’d say we’d be close to half a million dollars,” Ferguson said.

The rural area does not have fire hydrants so the Township’s shuttle program was called into effect. Ferguson said the nearest water source was about a mile away.

Career firefighters from all Township halls, except number 8, were called out and a tanker truck from each hall was required.

The call came in at 3:21 a.m. and the first crew arrived on scene at 3:29 a.m., having initiated the water shuttle before arriving on scene.

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Langley Township photos show the home that was damaged when a house under construction right beside it caught fire.

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