Firefighters were called to a residential house fire on the 300 block of 5th Ave. South at 10:09 a.m. on Friday, June 7. One engine and four fighters initially arrived on scene minutes later.
Due to the conditions at the scene, they put out a call for additional support, with 15 more firefighters, including Director Wayne Desjardins, and a second engine responding soon after.
The house was occupied by a resident at the time, but was rousted by a neighbour who was alerted by smoke and he was able to safely evacuate and no injuries occurred.
Due to high winds and the intensity of the fire, flames spread to the neighbouring home, which was also actioned by the fire department. It suffered some damage to the exterior and the attic.
Three other residences to the north of the blaze were also evacuated as a precuation.
Emergency crews remain on scene throughout the afternoon to mop up and watch for hot spots, after getting the blaze under control at approximately 1:00 p.m.
The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.