British Columbia

Fire crews battle massive lumber yard fire in Langley

Langley Fire crews and the RCMP responded to a call of a structure fire at a lumber yard around 11:30 p.m. Friday.

Loud explosions, popping could be heard from the yard on Fraser Highway

Firefighters clean up after a massive fire at a lumber yard in Langley late Friday night. (Gian-Paolo Mendoza/CBC)

Fire crews fought off a massive fire at a lumber yard in Langley late Friday night.

Langley fire crews and the RCMP responded to a call regarding a structure fire around 11:30 p.m. Friday, after hearing reports of loud explosions and popping from the Country Lumber yard on Fraser Highway.

Crews arrived to find massive flames tearing through the roof of the yard warehouse, where some of the lumber product was stored.

There are no hydrants in the area near the yard, which was one of the biggest challenges for the crews fighting the fire.

"We had to shuttle water from other parts of the community in to this area,"  said Deputy Fire Chief Russ Jenkins.

"There's a lot of saved product, but a fair amount of product in the warehouse is lost."

Deputy Fire Chief Russ Jenkins says his brother is a partner in the Country Lumber business. (Gian-Paolo Mendoza/CBC)

Jenkins' brother is a partner in the Country Lumber business, and was at the scene earlier in the night. Jenkins said the warehouse will probably be out of service for at least a couple of days.

"It's ... a little bit upsetting when you hear it's a family member's business, but it's all part of the job," said Jenkins.

Crews were able to contain the fire in just under an hour, but remained on scene into the early morning hours cleaning up.

No one was injured in the fire, the cause of which is still under investigation.