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Hot weather adds extra challenges at Brookswood garage fire Monday

Hot weather and dry conditions added some extra challenges for Langley Township firefighters on Monday morning. A garage in the 2800 block of 197 Street was destroyed in a fire, and a neighbouring barn was also damaged. Firefighters also had to battle grass fires which started as a result of the larger fire,  and one firefighter was taken to hospital suffering from heat exhaustion. - Langley Township fire department photo
Hot weather and dry conditions added some extra challenges for Langley Township firefighters on Monday morning. A garage in the 2800 block of 197 Street was destroyed in a fire, and a neighbouring barn was also damaged. Firefighters also had to battle grass fires which started as a result of the larger fire, and one firefighter was taken to hospital suffering from heat exhaustion.
— image credit: Langley Township fire department photo

A couple of Langley Township firefighters were overcome by heat, with one sent to hospital as a precaution, while battling a barn and garage fire in South Langley on Monday.

Around 11:30 a.m.,Township firefighters were called to the blaze in the 2800 block of 197 Street. When they arrived at the large property, a standalone garage was completely in flames. The fire had spread to a neighbouring barn, said Township assistant fire chief Bruce Ferguson.

To complicate matters, grass fires kept starting, as a result of the dry conditions. Firefighters had to keep extinguishing them.

No animals were inside the barn or garage.

Township fire crews exhausted their available resources and called in a Langley City fire unit to help.

The blaze was doused but the garage is completely destroyed, said Ferguson.

Estimated loss is around $250,000.

Fire investigators are investigating the cause. At this time, it’s unknown what started the fire, but it may have started as a grass fire, Ferguson said.

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