Abandoned Balzac farm house destroyed by fire
By: Matt Durnan
| Posted: Thursday, Mar 27, 2014 11:03 am
An abandoned farm house was destroyed in a fire in the morning of March 23.
The Airdrie Fire Department (AFD) responded to a report of the fire at 3:45 a.m. on March 23 at a two-storey farm house located at Highway 2 and Range Road 264 about two kilometres south of Airdrie.
There were no fire hydrants in the immediate area and firefighters were forced to shuttle water to the scene from the nearest hydrant using multiple water tender apparatus, according to AFD Deputy Chief Garth Rabel.
“The water tenders can carry 3,000 gallons of water and they shuttle them to the scene. The water is dumped into a portable pool where our pump engines can draft the water from,” said Rabel.
Tenders from Airdrie, Rocky View Fire Services and Crossfield Fire Department were required to fight the blaze. In order to ensure the safety of the firefighters, the decision was made to battle the blaze from the exterior of the building.
Fire crews ensured that no other buildings on the property were exposed or damaged by the fire, but the farm house was severely damaged and will have to be demolished.
AFD officials have ruled the fire suspicious and are currently investigating the cause.
“When it’s an abandoned building like this one, it’s considered suspicious,” said Rabel. “This building had been vacant for quite a while so there’s no reason for a fire to have happened on its own.”
A total of five pieces of apparatus and 14 firefighters from Airdrie, Rocky View and Crossfield were on scene.