Fire crews were battling the wind along with the flames as they tried to get a handle on three houses ablaze in Fort Saskatchewan early Thursday morning.
It started on the back deck of a house in the Westwood neighbourhood at around 12:30am. Fort Sask Fire Chief James Clark says it spread very quickly.
“Shortly after the initial dispatch we were advised that we had two homes involved, and then within seconds after that we were advised that we had three homes involved, and when we arrived on scene, we basically had three homes that were fully involved.”
At one point, Clark says there were four trucks taking on the fire, two on either side in the front, and some in the back.
“We actually ended up deploying two ladder trucks to the back of the property to also protect homes that were across the back fence lines from the houses that were on fire.”
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Six people from inside the homes all made it out safely. Residents of the two homes on either side of the fire were evacuated as a precaution, although those houses did have some, minimal, external damage.
Early estimates of the cost are between $1.8 and $2 million. (kdr)