Ponoka fire cause unknown

A Ponoka woman is still recovering in an Edmonton hospital after being rescued from a house fire earlier this month. The woman, who is believed to be in her 60s, suffered from burns and smoke inhalation in the Jan. 15 blaze at the Ponoka house, where she lived.

A Ponoka woman is still recovering in an Edmonton hospital after being rescued from a house fire earlier this month.

The woman, who is believed to be in her 60s, suffered from burns and smoke inhalation in the Jan. 15 blaze at the Ponoka house, where she lived.

Fire Chief Ted Dillon said the smoke was very thick when volunteer firefighters went into the house to search for the woman.

“You couldn’t see your hand in front of your face,” he said.

It took firefighters only two to three minutes to find the woman and carry her out of the home.

Dillon said the fire started in the bedroom but the cause is not known for certain.