Fire damages abandoned Langley house

A suspicious fire broke out Monday at an abandoned house in the Township of Langley. 

Firefighters responded to reports of a one-storey house on fire in the 19700-block 32nd Avenue in the Brookswood neighbourhood at about 9:30 a.m.

“When the crews arrived on scene, the fire was already through the roof, and the house looked to be abandoned,” said Deputy Fire Chief Bruce Ferguson.

The blaze quickly escalated into a second-alarm fire. About two dozen firefighters and five trucks from two fire halls responded, and put out the fire in about three hours. 

Nobody was inside the house at the time of the fire. There was also no furniture inside, and the gas had been shut off. 

Until investigators find out what caused fire, the incident is considered suspicious, said Ferguson. “There was nothing inside the house, so there doesn’t appear to be natural or accidental causes that could occur.”

It was the second major incident Langley Township fire crews responded to on the Victoria Day long weekend.

On Saturday night, a barn on 256th Street in Aldergrove that housed a licensed marijuana grow-op was destroyed by a fire.

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