A Langley Township firefighter checked out the ruins of a rural Langley home destroyed by fire the night of Sept. 4.

Fire guts rural Langley farmhouse

A farming family’s home was destroyed by fire Sunday night.

No one was injured, but a farmhouse on 72nd Avenue was destroyed by fire Sunday evening.

The first call to the Langley Township fire department came through at 9:56 p.m., said Chief Pat Walker.

The fire broke out in a home on a 21-acre blueberry farm in the 24300 block of 72nd Avenue.

Because there are no hydrants in the rural area, tankers had to shuttle water to the scene.

“We had about 15 trucks here,” said Walker, which included the Township’s entire tanker fleet and two other trucks and crews from two firehalls.

Neighbour Darshan Behar said the fire grew extremely quickly.

He didn’t see it start, but he and his family came home past the house at about 9:30 p.m.

There was no sign of anything amiss at his neighbour’s property, and he didn’t see anything a few minutes later when he took out his trash.

Then his son, who lives nearby, saw the flames and ran down the street to tell him, Behar said.

In a couple of minutes, the flames spread from the east side of the house to the middle, shooting up, Behar said.

Behar called the owners, who were all out of the home.

“I told him, their house is on fire,” he said.

Fortunately there were no casualties. Even a puppy the family had bought recently was in the barn and was unharmed.

Behar said the family has lived on the farm for three years.

 

Just Posted

Giants owner Ron Toigo to get BC Sports Hall of Fame W.A.C. Bennett Award

Head of Langley-based hockey team to be honoured at May induction gala

UPDATED: Touching note left on Langley veteran’s windshield

A veteran hopes the writers of a note know how much he was touched by their kind words. They do.

LETTER: Canada should not be selling weapons abroad

A Langley man is critical of Canada for selling arms that are being used to kill civilians.

Langley author pens tribute to the men and women of Canada’s military for Remembrance Day

‘A soldier, a sailor and an airman … stood before the Pearly Gates’

LETTER: Langley candidate pleasantly surprised by campaign

A local woman who ran for municipal council is grateful for the experience.

People flocking to Vancouver Island city to see hundreds of sea lions

Each year the combination of Steller and California sea lions take over Cowichan Bay

Tubing, skating, light display part of new winter festival in Vancouver

Set to open Nov. 23, the six-week festival will take over Vancouver’s Concord Pacific Centre

Commercial trucks banned from left lane of Coquihalla

B.C.’s Ministry of Transportation has introduced a new program that hopes to prevent accidents and closures on the Coquihalla Highway.

B.C. on track to record same number of overdose deaths as last year

128 people died of overdoses in September, bringing the total to more than 1,100 so far in 2018

B.C. firefighters rescue horse stuck in mud

‘It happens more often than you’d think,’ says deputy chief

Regulatory confusion over ‘toxic’ stink near Abbotsford school

Officials sniffing out which regulators responsible for enforcing compliance at neighbouring property

Canadians more prepared for weather disaster than financial one: poll

RBC recommends people check their bank app as often as the weather app

B.C. dog owner sues after pet killed in beaver trap

A Kamloops man is suing the operator of a trapline north of the city after his dog died

Heading soccer balls can cause damage to brain cells: UBC study

Roughly 42 per cent of children in the country play soccer, according to statistics from Heritage Canada

Most Read