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RAW VIDEO: Firefighters say more than 100 people were displaced by the fire, which broke out near Delair Street and Sumas Way around 1 a.m. Firefighters say more than 100 people have been displaced after a massive fire tore through an Abbotsford apartment complex overnight. The fire broke out in the building near Delair Street and Sumas Way around 1 a.m. There were no reports of injuries, but a number of residents lost everything. “I saw my life going up in flames,” said James Brackett, who fled to safety with his wife and son, in an interview with Global News. “When we got out of the building into the parking lot, I looked up and the whole backside of the building was on fire. … My suite, it’s just completely gone.” READ MORE B.C. NEWS: Warnings expanded as second round of snow hits B.C.’s South Coast Damage to the two-building complex is extensive, with one structure completely gutted and the other currently without utilities. Assistant Fire Chief Ron Hull said he hoped residents could return to the second building sooner than later. He added that firefighters had swept the more damaged building, and located 10 to 15 cats and other pets. “That was a bonus. We knew they would probably be OK. We just couldn’t go in,” he said. Residents took shelter in a nearby church, and emergency social services arranged four days of hotel accommodation for those displaced. READ MORE B.C. NEWS: Surrey RCMP search for missing woman […]