Fire destroys home in Assineau

Shed fire in Slave Lake also

Leader staff

A home in Assineau was ruined by a fire that started on the afternoon of July 8. Nobody was hurt in the blaze, says regional fire chief Alex Pavcek. But according to online sources, a family of nine is without a home. Efforts to help the Snider family were launched pretty much immediately.

Pavcek says the call came in at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday. Slave Lake and Widewater halls responded, with support from Big Lakes County. They found the structure “fully involved.” The cause of the fire is under investigation, Pavcek says, but “it’s going to be very hard,” to find anything in what’s left.

The fire crews wrapped up their night at about 12:30 a.m. on July 9. At 3:30 a.m. another call came in. This time a shed behind a home on 5 St. NW in Slave Lake was on fire. It was confined to the shed, but Pavcek says it was complicated by some of the materials stored inside the shed. The suppression effort carried on until about 6 a.m.

Both fires need to be investigated, says the chief, but “nothing is considered suspicious at this time.”

In other news from the regional fire service, along with Slave Lake Search & Rescue, the search for missing boater Leard Robertson continued as the week ended.

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