A rural home is a total loss after a fire earlier this week.
 
Strathcona County Emergency Services received a call at about 4:30 a.m. on Sunday (Jun.3) of a fire in the area of Township Road 534 and Range Road 213.
 
A crew of about 25 firefighters with nine pieces of firefighting apparatus responded to the blaze to find the unoccupied home engulfed in flames.
 
"When the first vehicles arrived on scene, they found that the home was fully involved, which means basically we had to go into defensive operations. Couldn't enter the structure," said the county's deputy fire chief Bob Scott.
 
The fire was declared under control around 6 a.m., about an hour and a half after the arrival of the first units.

Emergency services did not find out until later that the home was unoccupied.

No one was injured in the fire and an investigation is underway.

"At the present time we don't really have any indication of what could have caused the fire," said Scott.

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