Langley RCMP were on scene Monday morning at the scene of a fire that gutted a home under construction in South Aldergrove on Sunday, Jan. 15.
The owner, who asked not to be named, said his family was about a month away from moving into the 5800 square foot, eight-bedroom home, on 272nd Street near 16th Avenue.
“We were excited,” he recalled.
“The kitchen cabinet guy was coming this week.”
He described it as his family’s dream house, representing more than 22 years of saving up and planning, costing more than $1 million to build.
He told the Langley Advance Times he took out insurance on the house at the suggestion of the builder despite the doubts of some family members who questioned the expense.
“I was lucky,” he remarked.
The fire was reported at about 6:43 p.m., and prompted a response including six water tenders from the Langley Township Fire Department.
“It was a stubborn fire,” said fire chief Russ Jenkins.
The fire was extinguished by around midnight, when the bulk of the crews went home, leaving some RCMP officers and a few crew members to watch over the site until morning.
“It’s under investigation right now,” Jenkins said.
Langley RCMP said the fire was not considered suspicious at this time.
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