A two-alarm fire left a Maple Ridge apartment building with wide-spread damage.
Several Maple Ridge families may be homeless this Christmas, after a two-alarm fire Thursday night forced the evacuation of an apartment building on McIntosh Street.
The fire appears to have started in a bedroom on the third floor of the four-storey building and triggered about 30 evacuations.
Two seniors had to be rescued from a balcony and one person was taken to hospital suffering from smoke inhalation.
The flames broke out in the building in the 22300-block before midnight.
More than 50 firefighters worked to extinguish the blaze. Fire crews remained on scene putting out hot spots until Friday morning, due to persistent flare-ups.
Damage to the building was widespread mostly from hose water and residents are being put up in nearby hotels in the interim.
The cause of the fire is still undetermined and the investigation continues.
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