A retired Rimbey area couple watched their farm home go up in flames last Friday while volunteer firefighters fought to keep the fire from spreading.
Ponoka County West District (Rimbey) firefighters responded to a fire call to the farm located about 20 kilometers north of Rimbey at around 5 p.m.
“It was fully engaged when we got there,” said fire chief John Weisgerber.
A water tanker from Ponoka County’s East District was brought in to help the 11 volunteer firefighters battle the blaze.
“We were on location for about eight hours,” said Weisgerber, adding the firemen worked for several hours to keep the fire from spreading to surrounding buildings.
“No other buildings were damaged,” he said.
The fire is believed to have started in the kitchen of the insured home when the couple was not at home. When they returned,the fire was underway. The lady of the house received a minor burn to her arm, said Weisgerber.