October 25th, 2020

Occupants escape Coaldale house fire


By Jensen, Randy on March 31, 2020.

Herald photo by Ian Martens - Coaldale and District Emergency Services were called out early Monday morning to a house fire in the Coaldale neighbourhood of Parkside. @IMartensHerald

LETHBRIDGE HERALD – COALDALE

With the help of working smoke alarms in the home, two occupants and two dogs escaped safely from an early morning house fire in Coaldale on Monday.

Coaldale and District Emergency Services received a call at 5:38 a.m. on Monday regarding a house on fire at 1943 Parkside Close. On arrival, firefighters were met with heavy fire conditions, with flames showing from the front of the house and the roof.

The fire department used a ground monitor, several handlines and an elevated master stream to bring the fire under control. The two occupants in the house and two dogs escaped from the house safely prior to the fire department arriving.

The fire department was able to contain the fire to the house of origin, although two additional houses suffered minor siding damage due to heat. In total, 16 firefighters were on scene and the fire was under control in 37 minutes. Significant damage was done to the home with a preliminary loss estimate of $250,000.

In a news release, Coaldale Fire Chief Kevin McKeown commended the volunteer firefighters for keeping this fire contained to one residence. It could have easily turned into having two or three houses involved in fire due to the close proximity of the houses to each other.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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