Fire destroys Surrey home leaving 9 people homeless

WATCH: It was a frightening experience for those who escaped with their lives but may have lost all their possessions and several pets. Investigators say the cause of the fire is “suspicious” at this point. Jennifer Palma has her story.

Nine people have been forced out of their home and one person has been taken to hospital after a fire at a house in Surrey.

Crews responded to the fourplex at 128 Street, near 103 Avenue, around 4:45 a.m. Monday.

There were large flames and heavy smoke coming from the back of the building when crews arrived.

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Nine people homeless after fire in Surrey
Nine people homeless after fire in Surrey

The fire has now been extinguished but the home is destroyed.

The smoke alarms were reportedly not working inside the house – the fire was only discovered when a resident smelled smoke and called 911.

“There were some pets recovered,” said Surrey fire chief Len Garis. “There are other pets that were unaccounted for and they are presumed deceased.”

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The fire is considered suspicious and the cause is still under investigation.

It’s believed none of the four units had renter’s insurance.

A GoFundMe has been set up to help one of the families affected by the fire.