Exploding gas cylinders made fighting a fire north of Ardrossan difficult for crews.
 
The Strathcona County Fire Department responded to a farm structure on fire near Hwy. 16 and Range Road 222, just before 6 p.m. on Tuesday (May 15).
 
“It was a storage shed with a lot of farm equipment, vehicles and supplies,” said emergency services deputy chief of operations, Devin Capcara. “When our crews got there the structure was completely fully engulfed, so the whole structure was on fire and had actually burnt and the building had collapsed.”
 
At that point the fire was making its way to vehicles surrounding the building and getting into the brush and tress between that property and the neighbouring property.
 
“Our crews adopted a defensive attack, so we attacked it with big water lines and established a tanker shuttle water supply system to fight the fire,” he explained. “We set up at that neighbouring property to the south to defend it as it was coming through the trees, so we didn’t get a second property caught on fire.”
 
Crews were able to save the second property but the first was a total loss.
 
In all they had four fire engines, four water tankers, an EMS unit, command unit and numerous other support units on scene. All was said and done by around 11 p.m.
 
No injuries were reported.
 
In a Twitter post on Wednesday (May 16) the Strathcona County Fire Department said, "our members remain very busy in @StrathcoCounty. This Structure Fire came in around 6 p.m. last night, and crews were on scene until around 11 p.m. Exploding gas cylinders made for a challenging fire fight."
 
"Crews remained on scene the next morning investigating and estimating the cost of damage," added Capcara. 
 

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