Blaze leaves nine families homeless

Suite where the fire started did not have a functioning smoke alarm, Fire Service

A two-alarm blaze in a Whalley apartment had one person take to hospital and the residents of nine suites rendered homeless.

Firefighters responded to the blaze at 13265 104 Avenue Thursday at just before 10:30 p.m. and quickly found the flames licking up the side of the building to the suite above.

It’s believed the fire started in one of the bedrooms from someone smoking, firefighters say.

By 11 p.m. fire crews had the blaze extinguished, but two apartments were burned out, and another seven experienced smoke and water damage.

One person was taken to hospital for smoke inhalation and is expected to be okay.

The occupants of those nine suites were taken to Emergency Social Service and relocated. It’s expected a decision will be made some time Friday as to how many will be allowed back into the building.

There was no functioning smoke alarm in the original unit, according to Surrey’s Deputy Chief Jon Caviglia.

“There was somebody in that suite, but by the time they realized there was a problem, it was already to big for them to deal with,” Caviglia said.

The alarms serve as a crucial early warning system, recent studies show.

“The biggest thing that people can do to protect themselves and their families is to have a working smoke alarm in their residence,” Caviglia said. “Surrey Fire Service is willing to do a free home safety inspection and provide a smoke alarm for anyone that doesn’t have one.”



Just Posted

UPDATE: Rockslide keeps Coquihalla northbound lane closed

Highway 5 is closed in one direction.

Meet the Retrogrades: Delta school administrators’ band moving from cover songs to original material

Original songs “the next level” for band with a solid repertoire of music from more than 40 artists

Langley’s Tardi takes gold in junior national curling competition

Four local boys are on their way to Scotland after winning their second Canadian title in as many years.

ZYTARUK: Only the truth, and nothing but

Lying hurts all of us. You, me, them. All of us.

Langley junior curling champs defend title in Quebec

Defeat of their cousin’s team has secured Tardi brothers and the rest of the team in today’s finals.

REPLAY: B.C. this week in video

In case you missed it, here’s a look at replay-worthy highlights from across the province this week

A look at potential Canadian nominees for this year’s Oscars

The nominations are to be revealed Tuesday morning for the 90th Academy Awards

B.C. expert weighs in on why kids are eating Tide pods for fun

Why are kids taking part in something completely pointless yet so risky?

Philadelphia Eagles headed to Super Bowl

After routing the Minnesota Vikings 38-7, they will face Tom Brady and the New England Patriots

Heavy snowfall closes Mount Washington on Vancouver Island

Road to ski resort deemed unsafe, vehicles buried under more than three feet of snow

VIDEO: Dramatic video shows return of rescued B.C. snowboarders

Two snowboarders were rescued near Rossland, B.C. on Sunday after being lost overnight.

Tom Brady leads Patriots back to Super Bowl, top Jaguars 24-20

New England to face winner of Sunday night’s game between Minnesota and Philadelphia on Feb. 4

Coquihalla drivers prepare for snow

Wintry conditions persist, with snow warnings for Coquihalla

Liberals quietly tap experts to write new paternity leave rules

Ideas include creating an entirely new leave benefit similar to one that exists in Quebec

Most Read