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Massive fire in Langley township forces 100 people from their homes

Click to play video: 'About 100 people forced from their homes after fire consumes nearby Langley construction site' About 100 people forced from their homes after fire consumes nearby Langley construction site
Crews in Langley are sifting through the rubble left behind by a huge fire at a condo complex under construction. The fire tore through the site Monday evening and as Andrea Mcpherson reports forced dozens of people to evacuate as it threatened nearby homes – Apr 20, 2021

A massive fire at a Langley Township condo complex Monday night sent flames shooting dozens of meters into the sky.

It could be seen from as far away as Delta and Coquitlam.

The building was under construction but only the elevator shafts remained standing Tuesday morning.

Click to play video: 'Massive fire rips through Langley condo complex' Massive fire rips through Langley condo complex
Massive fire rips through Langley condo complex – Apr 20, 2021

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Witnesses said people living near the engulfed complex, near 208th Street and 80th Avenue, were asked to evacuate as it appeared to spread to neighbouring buildings.

 

Just after 11 p.m., an explosion was heard and everything for several blocks around went dark.

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Witnesses said the building collapsed, knocking down nearby powerlines.

The power to nearby homes, street lights and traffic lights appeared to have been knocked out for some time by the explosion.

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Traffic in the area was heavily impacted and people are asked to avoid the area Tuesday.

At this time there are no reports of any injuries and the cause of the fire has not been determined.

With files from Toby Kerr. 

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