The City of Fort Saskatchewan Fire Department was alerted of a fire at 12:53 a.m. on Oct 28th, in the Sienna neighbourhood.
The fire crews arrived on the scene within seven minutes at 1:00 a.m. at 51 & 52 Catalina Court.
According to a City news release, “Upon arrival, the fire was raging on the backside, roof and attic space of both homes.”
Both homes of the duplex suffered significant fire damage. The better part of each unit’s occupancy was destroyed by the fire with an estimated loss worth in excess of $750,000. A third neighbouring home suffered minor heat damage to some exterior vinyl siding.
Upon on initial inspection, it is believed that the fire started on the back deck of one of the homes. The fire was able to quickly spread and grow giving the home owners very limited time to escape from the fire as it breached the inside of both homes.
“Those impacted by the fire have made arrangement to stay with family,” the City stated.
Fire Service is still working to find one dog that still may be in one of the homes.
“Unfortunately, Fire Services still has not located the dog due do the damage in the home and do presume the dog is deceased,” Shawn McKerry, Fort Saskatchewan Fire Chief said. “These are always tough outcomes, everyone’s pet is key loved members of their family and it is always difficult to lose a loved one in any situation.”
According to a neighbour who spoke with River Radio the fearless pet saved the families’ lives. River Radio respects that this is a difficult time and did not contact the family.
In total, eleven firefighters from the Fort Saskatchewan Fire Department supported by five firefighters from Strathcona County, with three fire trucks worked quickly to hold the fire.
The seven-minute response time may not have been enough to save the duplex but it surely helped spare the neighbouring homes.
River Radio would like to send its condolences to the family, it’s never easy to lose a family pet. Not all superheroes wear capes, some have four paws, are loyal and give the ultimate sacrifice.
Your dog is a hero.
Also, a shoutout to the Fort Saskatchewan Fire Department for keeping our community safe!! we appreciate everything you do!