Williamstown fire leaves two Airdrie homes unlivable

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The cause of a fire that left two Airdrie homes in Williamstown unlivable Sept. 26 remains under investigation.

Airdrie Fire Chief Kevin Weinberger said when firefighters arrived on scene at approximately 4:40 a.m., a home on Williamstown Boulevard was fully engulfed in flames and the fire had spread to a second home.

“The first home was fully engulfed, the second home was more the upstairs and the roof area,” Weinberger said.

Twelve firefighters responded with four trucks and were on scene for approximately five hours. He said they were able to fully extinguish the fire within the first two hours.

After the flames were extinguished, both homes were ventilated to remove smoke and firefighters used thermal imaging cameras to assist with operations.

The occupants of both homes had already evacuated when firefighters arrived on scene and Weinberger said they were sleeping when the fire started.

The occupants of a third neighbouring home were also evacuated but were able to re-enter once they got the OK from firefighters.

“It’s good that everybody got out safely and no one was hurt during the whole event,” Weinberger said.

RCMP and EMS also responded to the incident.

GoFundMe pages have been set up for both families at gofundme.com/2rjm4zg and gofundme.com/2rk8mus

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