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Linda Hoang, Global News: Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Fire in Fort Saskatchewan destroys home

It’s a “total loss” for a family in Fort Saskatchewan after a fire destroyed their two-story home early Tuesday morning.

Firefighters got the call around 1:45 a.m.

When they arrived they worked to contain the fire at 14 Boxwood Bend in the city’s Westpark neighbourhood.

But Fort Saskatchewan fire chief James Clark said the cold temperature made it hard for firefighters to do their job.

“At -30 C all firefighter equipment, virtually nothing likes to work,” he said. “Everything just gets caked and coated in ice from the spray of the water.”

Around 30 firefighters worked to stop the blaze but because of the weather, five more firefighters from Strathcona County were called in to help.

Despite the damage, house owner Greg McCoy said he’s just happy no one was hurt.

“That’s the main thing. I’m thankful for that,” McCoy said.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation but because of the damage, investigators won’t be able to enter the house until after its knocked down.

One cat died in the blaze.

Click here to read the article on the Global Edmonton website.

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