House that survived 2011 wildfire goes up in smoke

Leader staff

The house on Hwy. 2 across from the weigh scales became locally famous in 2011 (and since) for miraculously escaping destruction when a wildfire tore past and around it on its way into Slave Lake. That fire wiped out something like 300 buildings in town, driven by 100 kilometre per hour winds. It came in from the east and the little house was directly in its path. However, it was still standing when the smoke cleared. But on April 1, its luck ran out.

According to the Slave Lake RCMP, the fire is being deemed as ‘non-suspicious.’ RCMP were called to the scene just after midnight on April 1, at about the same time as the fire department. Nobody was injured in the fire.

Fire Chief Alex Pavcek says the Widewater hall also responded, along with Forestry personnel. The fire, he says, was “moving quickly to the east,” push by a wind out of the west. However, it was stopped on the property with no further damage. The house was “a complete loss,” says the chief. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Photo courtesy of LSL Regional Fire Service

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