Lloydminster Fire crews were called out Wednesday afternoon just before 5 pm to a residential house fire at 52 B Avenue Close.
High winds presented a challenge to crews as they battled to contain the blaze. However, it did spread to a second dwelling in the neighbourhood.
Eric Healy, Coordinator for Media & Digital Communications with the City gave an assessment of the proceedings.
“The one house to the south is where the fire started. It did jump to the house to the north. As of right now, they do have the first and second floors of the north house cleared. They haven’t checked the basement yet. They are working on that now. Just before we came over, they were working to gain entry to the house where the fire originated.”
Four trucks and 21 members responded to the blaze which threatened two multi-level homes. Shortly after 6 pm crews were able to get the fire under control. No one was injured in the ordeal that has left two families devastated by the loss and neighbours concerned with the gravity of the situation.
Healy spoke to the mopping up exercises being conducted by the Fire Department which were ongoing during the supper hour.
“They are unaware if anyone is in that other house. They are still checking that one. They are unaware of any pets. There are no injuries to report for the Fire Department. You probably saw ATCO gas. They are here as there is a ruptured gas line on the property to the north.”
The cause of the fire is under investigation. Healy indicated it does not appear to be suspicious.