Sunday March 6, 2016
A wicked house's
Flames leap out at a firefighter from the garage
of a derelict home on Margaret Ave. last Sunday. Below, smoke envelops a
of a house in the 46000-block of Margaret Ave. cheered and clapped as
the derelict home with a nasty history went up in flames just after 6
"Let it burn," a woman called out at a firefighter toting a hose
around back of the garage. "I hate that place."
It was an evil house in a tough part of town.
The scene of many police raids and takedowns over the years. The kind of house you
don't want in your city let alone on your block.
Chilliwack's "Ground Zero", an area
well-known for its nefarious underpinnings, is just around the corner.
The Margaret Ave home's final tenants were the infamous Herrling
brothers. Everyone in the hood knows of them and their tragic tale of
jail and death.
Firefighters quickly extinguished the
blaze, and out of an abundance of caution for public safety, ensured
that the building was boarded up before leaving it. There were no
injuries and it's not known what the cause of the blaze was.
Reports are, it was being used as a squat. In that case, the boards
covering the doors and windows of the house and garage are of little
According to one neighbour, there were "hoodies" going in and out of the
garage in the early morning hours. Squats are prone to burning because
people tend improvise lights and heat.
In most cases, the City orders derelict houses to be torn down after
being partially burned. So it's expected that soon, residents in the
area will have seen the last of the devilish dwelling.
See more photos below.
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