British Columbia

Abbotsford police investigating suspicious early-morning fire

Three townhouse units in a complex on Lynn Avenue have fire damage after an overnight fire in Abbotsford. Detectives with the Abbotsford Police Department are now taking part in the investigation into how the fire started.

Abbotsford police are assisting fire investigators after townhouse fire deemed suspicious.

Firefighters attack a flare up on the roof of the complex on Lynn Avenue. (Gian-Paolo Mendoza/CBC)

Several people were forced out of their Abbotsford homes early Monday morning by a fire that officials are calling suspicious.

Detectives with the Abbotsford Police Department's (APD) Major Crimes unit are assisting fire investigators, as they look into how the fire — which damaged three separate townhouse units — started.

The fire was called in just before 2 a.m. PT by people living in the 33400 block of Lynn Avenue.

Flames could be seen flaring up through the roof of the complex and were visible from nearby Highway 1.

"We had a significant amount of fire ... coming from the balcony areas and lapping up onto the roof," said Asst. Chief Craig Bird with the Abbotsford Fire Rescue Service.

All the residents and pets in the three units escaped unharmed. (Gian-Paolo Mendoza/CBC)

Fire officials said the newer design of the building made it easier for crews to contain the blaze.

"We're very fortunate that it's a newer building and there are fire separations, even in the attic area between each suite, which has isolated it ... to two suites that have the main bulk of the damage." said Bird.

Bird said they didn't have an exact number of people who were displaced, but the residents of all the suites involved made it out unharmed.

Anyone with information about the suspicious fire is asked to contact APD at 604-859-5225, or Crime Stoppers if they wish to remain anonymous, at 1-800-222-8477(TIPS).