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Explosion sets fire to Aldergrove townhouse, sends three to hospital

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Three people have been sent to hospital following an explosion in an Aldergrove townhome that set the structure on fire.

Two people were badly burned in the incident — and were taken to hospital, possibly by helicopter — while one person in a neighbouring unit was taken to Langley Memorial Hospital with smoke inhalation, said Township Deputy Fire Chief Bruce Ferguson.

The call came in about 12:30 a.m. Wednesday morning with reports of a fire at 27125 31A Ave. Close to 40 firefighters responded from Halls 3, 4, 5 and 7. It took over two hours for the fire to come under control, and crews are still on scene this morning.

"It started in the centre unit. It started from an explosion," Ferguson said.

"The centre unit is completely damaged through all three floors and the unit number 40 and unit number 42 have extensive damage on their third floor."

Firefighters also rescued five cats from a unit to the north.

Neighbours displaced are being assisted with lodging until their insurance takes over.

More to come.

miranda@langleytimes.com

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