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Dozens of people left homeless after an apartment fire in Delta

DELTA (NEWS1130) – Dozens of people, mainly low-income seniors, are scrambling for a place to stay after fire ripped though their apartment building on Evergreen Lane in Ladner Friday night.

Nobody was hurt, but Delta Fire Chief Dan Copeland says it was tough to put out in a building that had no sprinklers or fire stops installed. The fire gutted one wing of the U-shaped low-rise, but was contained to one section before it could spread any further. Copeland says up to 50 unites could be damaged.

One of the local residents was in his backyard across the street when he saw the fire break out on a second floor balcony.  His wife and mother in-law tried to douse the flames with a garden house but the fire spread too quickly. “Everything went up in flames, and then about an hour later, the fire started to go down the side of the building.”

People forced from their homes were provided shelter overnight and some were eventually allowed to move back in.

Police are investigating what might have caused the fire.