Community in shock after boy's death in Langley house fire
Father rushed into burning farmhouse, but couldn't locate his son in the thick smoke
A community in Langley remains in shock following a deadly fire at a farm in the Glen Valley farming area.
A two-year-old boy lost his life in the blaze, after repeated rescue attempts were unsuccessful.
Bruce Bergman, one of the members of the Township of Langley Fire Department, said Friday morning's deadly fire was hard on everybody.
"Particularly, child fatalities are very hard on our crews. We have moms, dads, aunts, uncles who are doing the rescues, here," he said.
Fire crews still don't know what caused the fire, but said it appears to have started somewhere in a bedroom in the eastern part of the house. The mother and two other children who were in the home at the time made it out alive.
The home burned to the ground and is unlivable. The investigation has been handed over to an insurance company.
While the family has not been named by officials, family members are posting photos of the boy who died in the fire on Facebook.
Pastor Lorin Bergen of the Fort Langley Evangelical Free Church informed CBC News that the family needs to mourn in private at this time.
Bergen said that the church is helping the family, and is accepting donations of clothing and household goods at the church, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Bergen also said that a trust fund, the "Langley Home Fire Fund," has been been set up to help the family.
Members of the public can make donations at Westminster Savings, or at any of the Coast Capital Savings Credit Union branches located across the Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island.
With files from the CBC's Farrah Merali