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UPDATE: Firefighters battle large blaze in Langley

WATCH: Investigators are trying to figure out what sparked a major fire at a light industrial complex in Langley that destroyed several businesses. As Grace Ke reports.

Thirty-five firefighters have spent much of the night battling a three-alarm fire in Langley.

Explosions could be heard coming from an industrial building on the Langley bypass near 204th Street as firefighters poured streams of water down on the flames.

The building houses at least two businesses related to the automotive industry, and it’s believed acetylene or other flammable gas tanks were inside.

The flames were spotted shortly before 10 o’clock last night.¬†At the height of the fire, they were more than 30-metres high.

Firefighters had to retreat outside of the building after the roof collapsed.

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“Well once the roof collapses, the walls become weaker and there’s a chance that the outside walls could also collapse,” Dep. chief Kelly Gilday with Langley city fire rescue told Global News. “So now we’re trying to fight it from a defensive posture, which you want to stay outside of the collapse zone, so if the walls do come down, they won’t land on any of our members.”

Gilday says no one was injured.

It is not clear how the fire started at this point.

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