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Wednesday , 4 August 2021

Multiple structure fires in the County of Vermilion River over the weekend

The first weekend of spring 2021 proved to be a rather busy one for County of Vermilion River firefighters.

At approximately 3:54 p.m. on Friday March 19th, multiple alarm assignments were sent to Paradise Valley, Blackfoot, Kitscoty as well as mutual aid from Legacy Rural for a large commercial structure on fire just north of Rivercourse.

Responding crews found a storage facility with numerous farm implements, tractors, motor vehicles and tools on fire. Crews worked to contain the spread and extinguish the fire, which lasted several hours. Fire crews from Marwayne, Islay and Vermilion covered the district in case of additional calls.

The fire is not suspicious, county officials said.

On Sunday, March 21st at approximately 2:32 a.m. saw tones drop for another reported structure fire in the Blackfoot area. A County Engine, Tender, Rescue, Command and County Truck were dispatched alongside RCMP, AHS and Utilities. The fire was contained to the garage and is also not deemed suspicious.

“Working smoke alarms certainly saved property and likely lives this weekend”, said County Fire Chief Kirk Hughes. “Crews responded quickly which made an impact on the spread of both fires”. The County of Vermilion River reminds residents to check their smoke alarms and fire smart their properties from wildfires.

The County of Vermilion River has 8 fire stations covering the region and are looking for interested persons to become volunteer firefighters.

For more information, check them out at Protective Services – County of Vermilion River | Facebook.

Submitted-County of Vermilion River.

About Angela Mouly

Angela comes to Lakeland Connect after leaving traditional newspaper where she spent the past four years reporting on community events. Her repertoire includes writing about history, politics, agriculture, sports, entertainment and art. She was the third place recipient of an AWNA General Excellence Award for “Best Front Page” during their 2016 Better Newspaper Competition. Angela has lived in rural Alberta all her life and in Vermilion for the past 15 years. She looks forward to continuing to serve and inform the Lakeland community by joining in people's many adventures and sharing their stories.