Police said three people have died in a fatal Langley house fire.
An update was released by the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) this afternoon, which said one death has been ruled a homicide.
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IHIT Sgt. Frank Jang said on Saturday, June 13, 2020 at around 5:30 p.m., RCMP were called to the 19600-block of Wakefield Drive where they discovered a house engulfed in flames.
Police found a man’s body at the back of the residence with injuries indicative of homicide.
He has since been identified as a resident of the home.
Emergency responders located two additional bodies inside the house and their identities are not yet confirmed, Jang said.
IHIT is working with the B.C. Coroners Service to determine their cause of death, with Langley RCMP to “complete investigative steps,” and the Integrated Forensic Identification Services and fire investigators to find the cause of the fire and collect physical evidence, Jang said.
“Although the flames have been extinguished, the property where the fire took place remains an active homicide crime scene,” Jang added.
“Neighbours in the area should expect frequent activity at the home by our investigators for the next while.”
Langley Deployment – we are on scene at a house fire in the 19600-block of Wakefield Drive investigating a suspicious death. It is a dynamic situation and we are busy gathering information in these very early stages of the investigation. No further update at this time. pic.twitter.com/nWAIEFGNMl
— IHIT (@HomicideTeam) June 14, 2020
The fire also damaged neighbouring houses as firefighters worked to control the blaze that went through the roof.
BC Emergency Health Services (BCEHS) reported several ambulances responded and treated one person on scene for minor injuries.
No one was transported to hospital.
Anyone with information about the Langkey fire is asked to contact the IHIT Information Line at 1-877-551-IHIT (4448) or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Or to remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).