Aldergrove fire sends three people to hospital with severe burns

Three people are in hospital with severe burn injuries after a townhouse in Aldergrove exploded around Tuesday midnight.

Around 1230 am, residents in the 27000 block of 31A avenue and 271st street in the Aldergrove area of Langley awoke with a loud bang. They were surprised to see their neighbor’s home was in flames, and starting to spread.

The two neighbouring units were both heavily damaged by the fire.

“Eventually the fire was starting to die down but then it starts spreading across to the neighbor’s houses. Then it just completely went back up.” – William Easton , Resident

Langley RCMP said three residences were still on fire on arrival and two men were found in the middle garage suffering from severe burns.  One of the men was transported by air and the other by ground ambulance.  No other injuries were reported.

Families from all three residences displaced by the fire received support and assistance from Langley Client Support & Victim Services.

 

“Police believe there may have been a butane extraction site established in the centre garage and will continue their investigation in this regard.” – Corporal Holly Largy, Media Relations Officer, Langley RCMP

Police are waiting for a structural engineer to attend and determine if entry onto the site is safe.

The RCMP are treating the fire and explosion as suspicious and Langley Drug Section has assumed conduct of the investigation into the explosion.

 

(With files form Shelby Meyer)