British Columbia

Pitt Meadows fire destroys 5 homes, displaces 17 people

Police in Pitt Meadows, B.C. are investigating a fire that damaged several homes and has displaced at least 17 people.

BC Ambulance took 1 person to hospital in stable condition

At least 17 people have been displaced after a fire ripped through a housing complex in Pitt Meadows, B.C. on Sunday evening. (Mason Allen/YouTube)

Police in Pitt Meadows, B.C. are investigating a fire that ripped through a housing complex on Sunday night, damaging several homes and displacing at least 17 people. 

Fire crews were called to the Harris Road Co-op at 119th Avenue around 7:15 p.m. on Sunday. When they arrived, four townhouse units were engulfed in flames.

Pitt Meadows Fire Chief Don Jolley says it was an aggressive blaze that took nearly two hours to contain.

Five townhouse units were destroyed in total and three others were badly damaged. BC Ambulance took one person to the hospital in stable condition. 

Smoke from the fire still lingered in the area on Monday morning as families looked at some of their belongings that had been salvaged from the fire. 

Joanne Taylor was one of the people who was forced to evacuate. She had to leave behind her two cats and her car and home were destroyed in the fire.

"I smelled something for a whole hour and I thought, somebody is cooking something funny next door," Taylor told CBC on Monday.

"I heard an alarm, and saw the flames licking my window and I heard the crackling in my kitchen and somebody banged on the door and said run, so I ran." 

The fire took place in the evening while many of the neighbourhood children were out playing. 

"I had laid down for a nap, woke up to everyone screaming. I came outside and my heart stopped," said Darci Smith. 

The tight knit community and the co-op members are pulling together to help each other get through this fire. 

With files from Megan Batchelor

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