Bad news for up to 90 families who lost their homes in a Langley fire last weekend.
They may have to wait until 2018 before they’re able to move back into the Paddington Station complex, where a fire broke out on a fourth floor balcony.
“There has been a preliminary fire investigation and it does indeed look like it was caused by smoking material on a balcony that was able to catch fire on the balcony and go up through the attic and roof structure,” says Langley City Councillor Nathan Pachal.
He says many displaced families will spend Christmas in hotels.
“They certainly won’t be able to return to the apartment. It looks like reconstruction of it could take up to two years, so it will be at this point, really looking for people to find alternate accommodation, so whether that’s through their insurance or through some of the community support programs that are being set up to help people who may not have insurance.”
Pachal says the provincial government extended emergency support to residents impacted by the fire, which expires at the end of next week.