Langley City firefighters rescued a tenant’s dog, trapped after a fire ravaged her four-storey condo building Friday night.
The emotional moment – reportedly one of many – was caught on tape at around 9:15 p.m., four hours after flames broke out in the 19700-block of 56 Avenue.
A witness recorded the reunion between pup, Meelah, and resident Michelle Buchan, who had just got a call and rushed home from dinner in Walnut Grove.
The fire, which gutted the upper floor of Madison Place, broke out sometime between 5:30 and 6 p.m.
“I just lost it when I realized it was my building and she was in there,” the tenant, who was consoled by neighbours on scene, retold.
It was a three-hour wait before firefighters discovered Meelah in a bottom-floor unit.
“I knew they would do anything they could to get her out so I just had to wait,” Buchan said.
When a firefighter brought Meelah out, soaking wet from sprinklers activated in the building, Buchan crumpled to 56 Avenue in tears.
“I will forever be grateful for the firefighters,” Buchan told the Langley Advance Times.
Tonight, the tenant is one of many that will be put up in a hotel, confirmed staff Sgt. Mitch Fox of the Langley RCMP.
Thankfully, it will not be without her canine companion, whom she refers to fondly as “her Meela monster.”
Reunited after her condo caught fire last night. So thankful for the firemen who rescued her! 🙏🏻 ##langley
“I’m numb at the moment but in the end stuff is stuff,” Buchan said about the fire.
“I’m sure things will hit me as time passes. But I will keep looking at her and be grateful,” the survivor said.
“We’ve been through a lot together, her and I.”
No injuries to humans have been reported, said Langley Township fire chief Stephen Gamble.
The cause is under investigation.