Fire Destroys Two Homes at Wasa

Early this morning (5 May 2017), fire started at 4859 Aspen Road, Wasa and quickly spread to the home next door on the West.

 

It only takes 45 minutes for two homes to be destroyed

It only takes 45 minutes for two homes to be destroyed

 

Neighbours report seeing “black smoke” just before 7 am followed by an explosion which was later attributed to the blowing of a propane tank valve. A number of outbuildings and parked vehicles were also destroyed.

 

RCMP on the scene

RCMP on the scene

 

All occupants of both homes were evacuated safety. Paramedics report no injuries, however, another report suggested an elderly man suffered smoke inhalation. Two families were displaced.

 

EMS and Paramedics on the scene

EMS and Paramedics on the scene

 

Smouldering ruins

Smouldering ruins

 

Larry Gould owner of Mardis Forest Products is the local hero in this story. As soon as he was aware of the fire, around 7am MDT, he dispatched his fire crew and pumper truck from the sawmill to Wasa, almost 11km away. This action greatly helped contain the fire and stop it from spreading further. The area is populated with a dozen homes surrounded by Ponderosa pine forest.

 

Mardis pumper truck

Mardis pumper truck

 

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Wasa does not have any fire protection as the RDEK deems the area not suitable for a volunteer fire department due to an aging population and high non-resident ownership. Despite repeated efforts by local Area E Director Jane Walter and residents, the RDEK continues to deny Wasa a fire department.

 

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Cause of the fire is not known.

 

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Wasa residents are always on alert and ever vigilant for fire in the area.

Check out the video short video –  https://youtu.be/aXXpnqdVDgM

The long video – https://youtu.be/AzgK9L1lKZI

 

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Where were the Cranbrook and Kimberley Fire Departments? Were they called? If so, why did they not respond?

Yes the homes may be destroyed, but what about the aftermath to suppress hot spots and control any possible expansion of the fire.

No answers yet, but they will be investigated.