A family’s home has been destroyed and two others are severely damaged after a house fire in the northwest.
Firefighters arrived to flames and smoke coming out of the roof of a residence in the 500 block of Country Hills Drive at about 9:45 a.m. Saturday.
Neighbours quickly jumped into action to help people get out of the area. One woman was taken to hospital for smoke inhalation but no one else was hurt.
Alberto who lives right across from the house of origin saw the whole thing unfold.
“A lady was screaming and then I quickly realized there was a fire on the second floor of the house and all of the neighbors went out looking for people inside,” Alberto said.
At the time there were recorded wind gusts of at least 40 kilometres per hour but Battalion Chief Bruce Barrs said luckily the direction was in their favour.
“If the wind direction was different then what it was then there could have been further damage to those adjacent homes.”
Crews battled the two-alarm blaze from the ground and attacked it from above with a ladder truck and managed to get it under control.
The residents of the affected homes will have to find somewhere else to stay.
An investigation into the cause of the fire is underway.