A massive three-alarm fire completely destroyed a Langley chicken barn Friday morning.

Neighbours say they heard multiple explosions just after 5 a.m. before a wall of flames and thick smoke became visible at the farm on 48th Avenue.

“What I could see was just this huge orange glow in the sky. The whole sky was lit up,” one witness told CTV Morning Live.

There are no fire hydrants in the area so water had to be shuttled in from the Fraser Highway-area.

The barn, built in the 1960s, contained a lot of sawdust. No people or animals were hurt in the fire.

The structure normally contains a large number of chickens, but a shipment had just been taken away.

It’s believed the fire started in a metal repair shop somewhere on the property, but it’s still unclear how it sparked.