Penhold firefighters battled a ‘difficult’ blaze Friday afternoon, said Deputy Fire Chief Sean Pendergast. Contributed photo

Penhold firefighters handle ‘difficult’ blaze

Penhold firefighters battled a “difficult” blaze Friday afternoon.

Fire crews were called to a structure fire in Penhold Estates around 2 p.m. Upon arrival, there was heavy smoke coming from the building, with flames running up the side, being fed by a gas line.

“It was a difficult fire to get as there was a metal roof with a double shingle roof over top and the fire was in the space between so access was a problem. The fire was also underneath the trailer running along between the beams,” said Penhold Deputy Fire Chief Sean Pendergast.

Pendergast said it was very hot inside the structure, so several holes had to be cut in the roof for ventilation and access.

Penhold Fire Chief Jim Pendergast said crews did a “great job” containing the fire to the single unit.

“It was very hard work and taxed the firefighters both mentally and physically,” he said.

“The park does not have a hydrant so we had to lay our hose from the hydrant 1,200 feet away and use an engine in the middle to boost the pressure.”

One firefighter was transported to hospital, but was later release with a “non-related medical issue.”

The cause of the fire is still being investigated, but there were renovations going on at the building.

Seventeen firefighters from Penhold Fire, along with five firefighters from Innisfail Fire, attended the blaze.

The estimated damage to the structure is about $20,000, with an additional $20,000 of damage to the structure’s contents.

Penhold Fire Crews remained on scene until 8 p.m. checking for hot spots.

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