A recent house fire in Strathcona County gave firefighters some trouble.
On Tuesday (Jan.19) at around 7:36 p.m., Strathcona County Emergency Services were called to a rural structure fire on the east side of the county.
Responding was more difficult than usual, as the call came in during Tuesday's wind storm which caused poor visibility throughout the region.
When they arrived, crews saw the house was fully engulfed in flames. After confirming everyone had made it out safely, they used defensive firefighting tactics to keep the fire to the original property and prevent it from spreading to the surrounding trees.
"We were there for most of the night and crews were just trying, very safely, to keep it from going anywhere else," said deputy fire chief Devin Capcara.
Unfortunately, the house was a total loss.
Because of the wind, heavy equipment was brought in to pull the rubble piles apart so there wasn't anything smoldering left. Crews left at around 5 a.m., but went back a few times the next day to monitor the hotspots.
Investigators are still looking into the cause of the fire, but they do not believe the severe weather had anything to do with it.
The storm did, however, knock over several trees onto powerlines, which firefighters also had to take care of that night.