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Explosion rocks homes

UPDATE 12:35 p.m.

Fire crews and police in the Lower Mainland found three units on fire and two men severely burned following a report of an explosion just after midnight Wednesday.

RCMP Cpl. Holly Largy said the Langley Drug Section has assumed conduct of the investigation into the explosion and fire in Aldergrove.

Largy said “three residences were still on fire on arrival and two men were found in the middle garage suffering from severe burns.

“One of the men was transported by air and the other by ground ambulance. No other injuries were reported.”

Police are waiting for a structural engineer to attend and determine if it is safe to enter the building.

“Police believe there may have been a butane extraction site established in the centre garage and will continue their investigation in this regard. The two neighbouring units were both heavily damaged by the fire,” said Largy.


ORIGINAL STORY 10:50 a.m.

A suspicious multi-home fire in Aldergrove started with a large explosion.

Residents of the three-unit townhouse complex on the 27100 block of 31A Avenue were woken just after midnight by an explosion that shook the entire building.

"I called 911 immediately and said 'I think a bomb went off.' It shook the entire house. I literally thought we were being bombed," resident Kiersten Dueck told CTV.

Vern Eastman, a nearby resident, said his neighbour's garage door had “blown up” and there were pieces of it all over his driveway.

The fire quickly tore through the building, shooting flames from the windows and roof.

Eastman said he kicked in the door of his neighbour's home and helped the three people inside get to safety.

Two people were taken to hospital with burns, one by air ambulance, while a third was treated for smoke inhalation.

A fire investigator will be examining the scene today to determine the cause. 

- with files from CTV Vancouver



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