Langley fire claims life of elderly resident


An elderly woman was the victim of a fire in a Walnut Grove mobile home park Friday morning.

Langley Township firefighters were called to a single-wide mobile home near 90th Avenue and 198th Street just before 10 a.m., according to district fire chief Russ Jenkins.

When the first responders arrived, flames were shooting 15 feet through the centre of the roof, said Jenkins.

Firefighters knocked down the fire and managed to keep it contained to just one building.

“We have unconfirmed reports of a person inside,” said Jenkins Friday morning.

Investigators later entered the structure, and the body was removed Friday afternoon.

There were reports that a dog had been killed in the fire. As of 2 p.m. on Friday, fire investigators had not found any animals in the house, but much of the structure had not yet been fully investigated.

The cause of the fire was still under investigation through the weekend and into this week.

“It’s far too early,” to say what the cause was, Jenkins said Friday. However, he and Langley RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Holly Marks said there is no sign that the fire was arson.

The B.C. Coroner’s Service was on the scene to take over the investigation of the death, while the fire department will continue searching for the cause of the fire.

Residents of the park said that on Wednesday last week, the fire department had been there giving a lecture on fire safety.

In 2013, three people lost their lives to fires in Langley, and this is already the second fire fatality of 2014. The most recent tragedy was a fire in January that claimed the life of a toddler in a Glen Valley farmhouse fire. The three fatal fires of 2013 struck in a Langley City apartment building, a City house, and a fourplex in Langley Township.

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