A late night fire leveled a home and damaged two others in Sherwood Park.
Strathcona County Fire Department responded to a 911 call of a house on fire showing smoke and flames just after 11:30 p.m. on Monday (May 7).
“Our first in units were there really quickly but when they got there they found what we call defensive fire conditions, so the house was completely engulfed, which made entry inside or an interior attack impossible,” said Strathcona County deputy fire chief Devin Capcara.
Crews determined everyone had evacuated the home and they initiated a defensive attack using deck guns and large diameter hoses from the outside.
The fire was under control in roughly 10 minutes, but it did damage the house next to it as well as the house across the street.
“One of our fire fighters sustained a minor injury, he rolled his ankle and one of the bystanders was assessed for smoke inhalation, but she was not transported to the hospital,” said Capcara.
The house was completely destroyed and damages were estimated to be between $100,000 and $1 million.
Roughly 20 first responders were on scene, including RCMP to help control crowds and traffic.
The cause is being investigated but Capcara believed smoking material may have caused the fire.