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Langley townhouse explosion and fire linked to drugs

Last Updated Sep 13, 2017 at 12:35 pm PST

(Courtesy: BCNEWSVIDEO)
Summary

Police believe there may have been a butane extraction site in the garage where the explosion occurred

LANGLEY (NEWS 1130) – The drug section of Langley RCMP has taken over the investigation into an explosion at a townhouse complex in Aldergrove early this morning.

Two neighbouring homes were left heavily damaged by the fire, and two men suffered severe burns.

Fire teams were called to 271st Street and 31-A Avenue at around 12:30 a.m. where several people had been woken up by the sound and force of the blast.

Vern, who lives nearby, says he rushed out of his home to find pieces of his neighbour’s garage littering the ground.

“I actually kicked the door, and it took me a couple kicks but I got the door kicked in. And then I went in, and it was already full of smoke,” he says.

“The guy who lived there came running out… he was a mess, his hands were all melted. He was in bad shape.”

Vern says he was able to rush through thick smoke to bring his neighbour’s wife and children to safety.

Police now believe there may have been a butane extraction site in the garage where the explosion occurred. That will now be the focus of their investigation.

A structural engineer will have to determine if its safe to enter the house where the explosion occurred.

Langley Client Support and Victim Services are offering support to the families displaced by the fire.