Firefighters pulled out all the stops to save a Brookswood home and a few furry little occupants Saturday morning.
Flames and smoke were reportedly spewing from multiple points of the house – on the border of the Langley City and Township – when firefighters arrived at the recently renovated rancher-style home on 44th Street at about 10 a.m. this morning.
Firefighters were able to extinguish the blaze, but the damage inside was extensive, deputy fire chief Russ Jenkins told the Langley Advance.
There were no people home at the time of the blaze, but fire crews did discover a number of pets inside – including three baby kittens they were able to pull to safety, Jenkins said. He added that a few other pets did not make it.
Firefighters used the special pet oxygen masks on the three kittens, then called Langley Animal Protection Society staff who rushed the kittens to a vet.
It’s the second fire in the neighbourhood in the five years since Anngela Bayer moved to the area of 44th Avenue and 203rd Street five years ago.
The first fire occurred in a vacant house up the street about four years ago, and now this one.
She and her husband Bob became curious when the second fire truck screamed passed their home and down the street.
“Usually, it’s a pretty calm neighbourhood,” Bayer added.
She was impressed by the efforts made by fire crews to save the house, and to to save the kittens, watching intently as they administered the oxygen to the little critters.
“No life too small to save,” she said.
It took about three hours for firefighters to suppress the fire, and another two to three hours to complete their investigate into the cause. Jenkins said he had yet to speak to the fire officials investigating, but said the cause was not believed to be suspicious.
Nevertheless, police had been asked to take over securing of the home and notifying the occupants.
Mountain View Veterinary Hospital sent word that Dr. Henderson has taken the kittens home with her and is tube feeding them. They are working along with the Langley Animal Protection Society (LAPS).
• Stay tuned to the Langley Advance for more on the fire, as news becomes available
Anngela Bayer photos/Special to the Langley Advance