Rimbey firefighters kept a garage fire at bay so it could not spread to a house and nearby buildings on a Bluffton-area farm on Saturday night.

PHOTOS — Bluffton fire destroys garage

Rimbey firefighters kept a garage fire at bay so it could not spread to a house and nearby buildings on a Bluffton property on Saturday night.



Rimbey firefighters kept a garage fire at bay so it could not spread to a house and nearby buildings on a Bluffton property on Saturday night.

The town’s fire and rescue unit were alerted at 9 p.m. to the blaze about 15 km north of Rimbey.

Fire chief John Weisgerber said that when the team of nine firefighters arrived, they found the garage was fully engulfed in flames. A storm front of snow and 60 km/h winds moved through, making it a little tough to battle the blaze.

“It was a little windy to start with and we had to use a little bit of extra caution because of some of the stuff that was stored in the garage,” said Weisgerber. “The guys did a good job and brought it under control safely.”

Keeping the house from catching fire was the main concern, said Weisgerber.

The fire services brought along a couple of a pumper trucks, plus a water tanker.

Firefighters were on scene until about 2 a.m., making sure there were no hot spots. No injuries were reported.

RCMP and emergency services personnel were on scene.

A couple lives in the house. They have fire insurance, said Weisgerber.

“The garage was burnt to the point it will be tough to determine an exact cause,” said Weisgerber. “We might do a little bit more investigating if the insurance requires it.”

A nearby garden shed received some damages as well.

Damages are estimated at $20,000.

ltester@bprda.wpengine.com

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