Firefighters had an eventful long weekend.
 
At around 3 a.m. Monday morning (Aug.2), neighbours reported a fire at an abandoned farmhouse along Wye Road between Range Road 223 and 224.
 
When Strathcona County Emergency Services arrived, the house was already fully involved. Crews worked defensively to bring the fire under control and prevent it from spreading to the surrounding grass and trees.
 
A Strathcona County firefighter putting out the flames in a rural farmhouse. Photo courtesy of Strathcona County Fire Fighter/Paramedics.
 
Firefighters had the blaze under control by around 4 a.m.; no one was hurt.
 
"It was a legacy home and a very old home with very old construction," said deputy fire chief Devin Capcara. "We ended up bringing a track hoe and pulling it apart to finish extinguishing it and making sure that it was safe before we left."
 
Investigators believe the fire is suspicious and are still looking into it.
 
Crews put out the fire in about an hour. Photo courtesy of Strathcona County Fire Fighter/Paramedics.