View from Pacific Bottleworks Co. shows the extent of damage to three stores on Douglas Crescent after a concrete block firewall collapsed in November, 2010, during construction of the Serenade condominium complex. Accent on Pastries, a bakery which had been in the location for a number of years, was demolished.

Masonry company fined for wall collapse

Langley firm found responsible for destroying bakery and damaging two neighbouring businesses

WorkSafe B.C. has fined a Langley masonry company $8,276.55 over the collapse of a brick wall in November, 2010 that put a well-known local bakery out of business.

The Accent on Pastries business on Douglas Crescent was destroyed when the top portion of a firewall being built as part of an adjacent residential development collapsed onto its roof.

WorkSafe found Pro-Built Masonry Ltd. of Langley at fault.

“The collapse, which resulted in significant damage, had the potential to cause serious injury,” a WorkSafe statement said.

“This employer failed to support the wall as required during its construction.”

Pro-Built Ltd. did not respond to a Times request for comment.

The force of the impact crushed the bakery’s roof and shattered its windows.

It could not be repaired and was demolished.

Mike Peglar, who owned the bakery at 20450 Douglas Cres. for 23 years, called it devastating.

“It’s basically closed me down,” he said at the time.

He was not optimistic the business would re-open.

Peglar could not be reached for comment.

The firewall was part of the four-storey Serenade condominium building under construction next door.

Two neighbouring businesses — Monckton and Company Accounting, and Visscher’s Travel and Cruise Ltd. — also suffered structural damage.

The building that used to house them remains closed, with an unsafe structure warning posted on the door.

The WorkSafe fine was imposed July 19, but was not published until the November/December issue of WorkSafe magazine.

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