Langley RCMP are calling the massive fire that gutted a construction site this morning suspicious.
Sergent Ravi Powar says it’s dificult to imaging how it could have started on it’s own.
“There’s no real cause for the fire that we can determine that would be natural at this point so it’s being deemed suspicious in nature and being investigated by our serious crimes section.”
Heat from the fire forced about 150 people from a neighbouring condo to be evacuated.
They have since been allowed back to pick up some personal items — but will be homeless until a building inspector deems the building safe.
The fire started at an apartment construction site near 221st and 49th at around 4 a.m Sunday morning.
When Langley Township Fire arrived, the site was already fully engulfed. Deputy Fire Chief Bruce Ferguson says they were forced to evacuate a townhouse complex nearby.
“The fire extended to the townhouse complex to the west, so we have evacuated that townhouse complex, and we’re trying to make accommodations through our emergency social services plan for people that aren’t going to be able to back inside there. Four or five suits of that building will not be inhabitable by the end of the day.”
Ferguson says only two people were hurt; a Mountie with undetermined injuries, and one other woman with minor injuries.
One CKNW listener said it was like a scene out of “Apocalypse Now”.
“I would say that it is almost completely gone, whatever structure was on the property. The area was sealed off by police, and fire was using a lot of equipment to try and strike the fire down.”
The cause is unknown.
Photo courtesy of Ron E.