Two fires in one night destroyed an abandoned house on Park Avenue in Langley City.

Two fires in one night destroyed an abandoned house on Park Avenue in Langley City.

Fire at abandoned house deemed suspicious

Two fires in one night destroyed an abandoned house on Park Avenue in Langley City.

The Langley City Fire Department and RCMP are investigating a suspicious fire that occurred at an abandoned house at 20427 Park Ave. early Friday morning.

Fire crews were called to the derelict house at 1 a.m. on May 24 where fire and smoke were showing through the building.

The fire was extinguished, but two hours later fire crews were called back to the same house where an even larger fire was burning.

The property, which is severely overgrown with trees and vines, is not of much value, said Langley City deputy fire chief Bob Scott. But it is located between a single family home and the Telus switching office, making it important for the fire to be contained, he said.

Neighbours say the property has been abandoned for the past eight years and has been a constant headache for them.

Transients consistently break into the house, sometimes even sleeping underneath it, and often break into neighbouring homes as well.

One neighbour living close by has recently had money, food and clothing stolen from his home, the neighbours said, adding that they are almost certain it was done by people living in the abandoned house.