VIDEO: Four homes damaged, three injured in fire in Aldergrove

Laura McFarland and her three children had just moved into their new home in Aldergrove when a fire broke out.

It happened Saturday morning.

“There were three bangs right in the back,” McFarland told the Langley Advance Times.

“Then the tree in the corner of the house caught fire and that actually spread to my house, and within a few seconds the entire balcony was on fire and a few minutes (after that) it started coming into our house.”

As she watched from across the street Saturday morning, firefighters continued to hose down the smoldering remains of her home, one of four damaged in the fire on Springfield Drive, near Davis Crescent.

“The house was destroyed,” McFarland said.

“We just lost everything and I just moved here, so all the furniture is brand new. Now it’s all gone.”

The family cat is missing, she added.

“I don’t know if she’s alive or not.”

They will spend the night in a hotel, courtesy of the fire department, McFarland said.

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Langley Township Assistant Fire Chief Dale Steeple said the first crews arrived on scene at 9:26 a.m. in response to multiple calls about a fire in a residential structure.

“The first arriving crew had heavy flames in the back of the building and they could see smoke coming through the front door,” Steeple said.

“They started it quickly, but it had already spread to the second house.

The houses here are quite close together.”

Three people were sent to the hospital, two with minor burns and one with smoke inhalation while trying to fight the fire, Steeple said.

Steeple said damage to three of the homes was extensive and residents had to be relocated elsewhere.

The damage to the fourth house was relatively minor and the residents were allowed to continue living there.

“It’s a tough day to see people lose their homes,” Steeple said.

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