A heritage home in the Maillardville area will likely be a write-off after a spectacular fire late Monday night that took nearly four hours for crews to extinguish.
Coquitlam firefighters were called out to the abandoned fourplex at 1123 Brunette Ave. just after 10 p.m.
By the time they arrived, flames were already showing from the back of the home.
The fire eventually ripped through the roof, essentially destroying much of the structure.
While the cause of the blaze remains under investigation, fire chief Tony Delmonico said the fire is considered suspicious.
There were no injuries reported or damage to any nearby buildings.
The fire is believed to have originated in the interior of the structure.
The home had been boarded up prior to the fire and there was no power or gas going to the building.
"The fire had to start somehow," Delmonico said, adding the fire department will be working with Coquitlam RCMP on the investigation.
He said he wasn't sure if squatters had occupied the home, but it appeared people had been coming and going prior to Monday.
The home was also the scene of a fire one year earlier.
The fire chief noted there were plans to restore the building in recent years.
"Nobody wants to see a heritage building lost. It's unfortunate," Delmonico said.
At one point, five fire trucks and 20 firefighters were working on the blaze, while smoke blanketed the Como Lake area between Mariner Way and Blue Mountain Street.
The fire department dealt with another 25 calls from concerned residents Tuesday morning related to the smoke from the fire.
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