series of explosions and fires rocked a North Langley trucking company,
sending one man to hospital with burns and causing an evacuation Tuesday
One employee was injured in the explosions and fire. He was rushed to hospital by Air Ambulance.
Township assistant fire chief Bruce Ferguson said he was relieved that
more people were not hurt in the fire that consumed much of a building.
"It definitely had the potential for being a lot worse than that," he said.
possibly two tanker trucks exploded, followed by further explosions of
shop supplies, likely including acetylene tanks and tires.
A trailer loaded with isopropyl alcohol was near the site, but the fire didn't spread far enough to reach it.
911 call came in at just after 2 p.m., alerting firefighters to an
explosion at Ken Johnson Trucking Ltd in the 19800 block of Telegraph
Other explosions, caused by the tires and acetylene tanks, occurred as firefighters arrived at the scene and began setting up.
From the start, there was a concern that the fire was chemical in nature, said Cpl. Holly Marks of the Langley RCMP.
Ken Johnson Trucking hauls chemicals, lubricating oils, and special waste, according to the company's website.
It's unclear what was in the trucks that exploded.
and fire crews immediately began evacuating the area, getting employees
out of businesses as far west as 192nd Street in Surrey.
Langley Township firefighters battled the blaze, with help from Surrey and Langley City fire crews.
About seven fire crews were on hand at one point to extinguish the fire.
Power was knocked out as several transformers blew, said Marks.
RCMP and Port Mann Traffic Services were there to control the scene,
with B.C. Ambulance providing medical aid, said Marks.
Ears Bridge was shut down, as were rail lines in the area, and multiple
roads, said Marks. Traffic in the area suffered some snarls as drivers
were diverted away from the bridge and off of parts of 96th Avenue and
The company sent out a letter of thanks Wednesday to everyone who responded to help:
wish to extend our deepest thanks to everyone who came to our aid after
yesterday's horrific event. To the firefighters and local emergency
responders, you are second to none. We are grateful for the support and
assistance from our community, especially our immediate neighbours.
helped save a terrible thing from becoming much worse. From helping
with traffic control, supplying water, personal cellphones, opening your
businesses and your hearts to our staff, and anything else that was
required at our time of need, you went the extra mile," said the letter.
"We would like to thank you once again from our management team, office staff, drivers, and mechanics."
BC and Transport Canada both arrived to look over the scene as the fire
was put out, but WorkSafe will not be doing an investigation.
Donna Freeman said the trucking firm is federally regulated, and the
matter has been turned over to Human Resources and Skills Development
The building destroyed by the fire cost about $1 million, according to Ferguson. The exact cause remains unknown so far.