A fire tore through a southeast Edmonton house Monday evening causing severe damage, but no one was injured.
Firefighters were called just after 4:30 p.m. to a two-storey house at 4122 33A St. Six engines and 16 firefighters arrived within five minutes. A second alarm was called because of the size of the flames and cold, snowy weather conditions, Capt. Kevin Hobday said at the scene.
Hobday said the family wasn’t home at the time and firefighters rescued the pets inside.
“The first thing we did when we got here was we pulled the two birds out,” he said at the scene Monday. “They were really happy about that.”
It’s not clear if the house can be salvaged, Hobday said. The garage and room above were badly burned — the garage door and a vehicle were seen among the melted heap of charred debris Monday evening.
Homeowner Ramezan Jafari is devastated that his home of 14 years is destroyed.
He and his wife went to pick up his two young children from daycare and were only gone for about 15 minutes. On his way back he saw a cloud of smoke on his street.
“I think everything is gone. All my life, everything is there,” he said. “That’s not easy to say, I don’t know what should I do.”
He was able to return and get his passport and some of his wife’s jewelry, but he said everything else is gone. His family will be staying at his sister’s home for now.
“But for how long can I stay? I don’t know what’s going to happen.”
The fire was under control by 5:22 p.m. Firefighters worked to put out hot spots into the evening as snow blanketed the ground.
Investigators are still working to determine the fire’s cause. Hobday said at first glance it seems that heavy fire came from the garage and burned up through the second floor.
He said the weather conditions made it difficult.
“The temperature obviously doesn’t help with the freezing up of the lines of the water,” he said.
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