Two Langley homes destroyed by fire over the weekend

A fire on Friday is being called arson and the other fire on Halloween night may be suspicious.

Two homes burned to the ground in Langley over the weekend, and at least one of them was deliberately set.

Langley RCMP and the Township fire department are now investigating a fire that started at around 11 p.m. on Halloween  in an older home, at 1322 216 St.

Fire crews arrived within eight minutes of being called to the blaze, but in the time it took them to get there, heavy black smoke had made visibility in the rural area difficult, said assistant fire chief Pat Walker.

The home, a 1955 one-storey with basement, burned to the ground, said Walker.

The home hadn’t been occupied for a couple months before the blaze broke out. Walker said the cause is still undetermined. Fire investigators were back at the scene on Monday.

On Friday, at around 7:30 a.m., the outside of a home in Aldergrove was set ablaze. Fire crews were called to the residence, located at 26595 29 Ave. Flames were burning through the roof by the time they arrived.

The fire had been set on the outside of the house, flames climbed up the wall and into the attic, said Walker.

There was extensive damage and the home is a complete loss. Nobody was living in the house at the time of the fire, but it contained some furniture, left behind by the last tenant.

Langley RCMP continue to investigate.