Fire breaks out at historic Ceperley barn beside Burnaby Art Gallery

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      Burnaby is a younger city than neighbouring New Westminster and Vancouver, but it still has its heritage gems.

      This morning, one of them, the Ceperley Barn near Deer Lake, suffered extensive damage in a fire.

      It's next to Ceperley House, which is home to the Burnaby Art Gallery.

      The property was a strawberry farm until it was purchased in 1909 by Grace and Henry Ceperley, who called it Fairacres. 

      Henry Ceperley was a Vancouver property and insurance broker.

      Below, you can see images of the fire taken by indefatiguable CBC News overnight reporter Gian-Paolo Mendoza.

      The stately home was bought by a former Vancouver mayor, Frederick Buscombe, five years after Grace Ceperley's death in 1917, according to a history of the propery written by Burnaby Now reporter Janaya Fuller-Evans.

      She noted in her article that it was a monastery in the 1940s and early 1950s before it was purchased by a cult known as the Temple for More Abundant Life.

      The city bought the site in 1966 and the art gallery opened in 1967. 

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