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No arrests, two injured after explosion, fire at Langley townhomes

Last Updated Sep 13, 2017 at 3:42 pm PDT

An explosion and fire erupted at this Langley townhouse complex on 271st Street and 31 A Avenue. (Lasia Kretzel, NEWS 1130 Photo)
Summary

The blast happened around midnight

Three homes were essentially destroyed

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

Both police and the fire department were called out to the complex around 271st Street and 31 A Avenue shortly after midnight after receiving reports of a blast. Three homes were on fire when crews arrived and two men were found in the garage in the middle home with severe burns. No one else was hurt.

Corporal Holly Largy says it appears “butane extraction” was taking place in the garage of the centre unit of the three units. “It is a situation where they use butane to extract the oil out of marijuana.”

She adds the destruction is remarkable. “The door of the garage blew right off and the fire engulfed all three properties. The two neighbouring ones on either side and the middle one, so none of those are inhabitable at this point.”

Witnesses NEWS 1130 spoke with at the scene told us a woman and children were in the upstairs of what police are calling the offending unit. “I ran upstairs because his kids and wife are still there. First when I went in it was so smoky I had to cover my face and I got to the top of the stairs and the wife and the kids were there and we all just kind of came out.”

One of the injured men was airlifted to the hospital. At this point, no one has been arrested but those two men are considered suspects.

Victim Services has been there all day helping people who’ve been displaced by the fire.