There have been three fires over the last three Fridays in vacant houses in Langley Township’s Willoughby neighbourhood, all of them believed to be the result of homeless squatters.
Langley Township assistant fire chief Pat Walker said because the Willoughby area area is experiencing a lot of development, there are a number of houses awaiting demolition.
The most recent incident occurred last Friday, just after 10 p.m. in the 20500 block of 70 Avenue where a large two-storey chalet-style home was destroyed.
Previous incidents took place at properties in 206A and 204 streets, Walker said.
Property owners who fail to properly secure an unoccupied house could potentially be billed for the entire costs of fire suppression efforts, Walker warned.