Large residential fire claims three homes in Lacombe
At approximately 5:11 a.m. today, Red Deer Dispatch directed the Lacombe Fire Department to respond to a confirmed structure fire at 4511 Henner’s Pointe. Upon arrival, firefighters found the residence fully engulfed, and with the homes on either side of the building exposed to the flames and heat.
The Clive, Blackfalds and Bentley fire departments also responded to a call for assistance with the blaze. At one time there were 40 firefighters at the scene. At approximately 6:40 a.m. the fire was brought under control. However, firefighters are still at the scene dealing with hot spots.
“Unfortunately, we were not able to save the three homes, but we’re thankful that there were no injuries or loss of life,” said Lacombe Fire Department Chief Ed vanDelden. “The damage is estimated at $3 million.”
Red Cross and Lacombe Victim Services were called in to help the three affected families (six adults and seven children) with their immediate needs, and to arrange for alternate accommodations.
“We would like to thank our firefighters, and the members of the regional fire departments who stepped up and exceeded expectations in responding to this call,” said Chief Administrative Officer Norma MacQuarrie. “We would also like to recognize and appreciate the outpouring of compassion and support for the fire victims from across the community.”
The cause of the fire is still under investigation, and will likely not be known for a few days.