‘Aggressive’ inferno raging through Langley condo building
‘It breaks my heart because it is so close to Christmas,’
a Langley witness Crysta Serne
A large fire is raging through a condo building in Langley, BC, displacing dozens of people right before Christmas.
Smoke began pouring from the four-storey building around 10:15 am at 56th Avenue and 201 A Street, Langley.
Witness Crysta Serne was driving by when she saw billowing black smoke.
“An entire apartment complex was engulfed in flames,” she said.
“It looked aggressive. The fire was coming up through the ceiling. It almost appeared if it was in the middle of the apartment complex.”
“The smoke and the flames were at least 20 to 30 feet higher than the actual building,” said a tearful Serne.
“It was an unfortunate, impressive sight. It breaks my heart because it is so close to Christmas and it was probably something that was so innocently set, started the whole thing to affect so many families and so many lives,” she said.
Witnesses described a pungent smell of wood and plastic blocks away.
Traffic is affected in all directions around the large building near Fraser Highway.
Passersby are tweeting pictures of the flaming building, describing it as a “huge” fire.
Neighbours are also tweeting concern for the safety of people inside — and images of the smoke in the winter sky.
“I hope all are safe,” tweeted Jeffrey Bernasor.