A structure fire in Paradise Valley sent a large black plume of smoke into air which alerted the firefighters in the Village.
On September 20, a fire near Range Road 25 and Township 474 sent Paradise Valley Fire out the door at 11:23 a.m.
“The first arriving crews found a fully involved storage barn,” Kirk Hughes Director of Protective Services County of Vermilion River told Lakeland Connect. “Firefighters, working with the land owner, protected exposures and worked to cool the fire down.”
Fire Chief Hughes says that due to the circumstances, a fire investigator from the County of Vermilion River was assigned and the RCMP were notified.
“This is standard procedure anytime a building catches fire in the region,” Chief Hughes said. “After a thorough investigation, the fire was deemed non-suspicious.”
Firefighters remained on-scene for a few hours checking exposures and monitoring the fire. The fire was declared out at 2:12 p.m. with consultation with Fire Chief Nicholas Parkinson.
“The initial fire burnt some stored material inside that contributed to the unusual amount of black smoke that could be seen for several miles, although dramatic,” Fire Chief Nicholas Parkinson said. “The fire was quickly brought under control by firefighters and potential damage caused by flame spread and radiant heat was mitigated. No other nearby structures were damaged.”
The County of Vermilion River would like to thank local farmers who arrived with water tankers to assist Paradise Valley firefighters in extinguishing the blaze.