A Red Deer family whose home was damaged by fire Sunday are survivors of the Fort McMurray blazes in 2016.
The north-end fire displaced the family – a couple and their young daughter – who lived at 67 Kerr Cl.
Matt White, assistant deputy chief for Red Deer Emergency Services, said crews were called to the home around 10:37 a.m.
Upon arrival, firefighters saw flames coming out of the front of the residence. The flames spread to the house next door at 63 Kerr Cl., forcing a senior to flee.
“There was no one in those structures,” said White. “Everyone self-evacuated and crews were able to rescue a cat out of No. 63.”
According to a neighbour, a hairless cat that lived at 67 Kerr Cl. is missing.
“It’s so devastating – and you know what the worst thing is? They lived up north and their house burned down too in 2016,” the neighbour said, referring to the Fort McMurray fire.
“They lost everything up there.
“All the neighbours were out looking at the fire. It’s just sad, and it smelled, and you could hear it popping.
“It’s just not something you see every day, especially on Kerr Close – this is a quiet little close.”
Crews initially began fighting the fire from inside the house, said White.Shortly after, the flames got into the roof and crews had to fight the fire from outside the home.
Both families are in the care of the Red Cross, said White.
The fire remains under investigation.