Fire destroys home on Vale Island

Strong winds made it difficult for firefighters to extinguish a house fire on Vale Island. The blaze started the morning of Feb. 25 at approximately 9:30 and fire crews spent five hours on the scene.
— Myles Dolphin

A massive fire destroyed a residential home on the morning of Feb. 25.
The inferno engulfed a house on 105 Street on Vale Island. The residence was empty at the time of the fire and Hay River Fire Chief Ross Potter described the building as a “total loss.”
Fourteen firefighters were on the scene for approximately five hours, battling flames that were amplified by strong gusts of wind.
“The brisk wind didn’t help us at all,” said Potter. “The guys did a great job putting it out.”
Smoke from the fire quickly reached impressive heights and the dark plume was easily seen from downtown Hay River.
Potter said the fire department received a call at 9:31 a.m, and firefighters were on the scene in 10 minutes.
Two pumpers, a tanker and a rescue vehicle responded. The fire was so big that the tanker had to make five trips to refill.
Potter said Keith’s Water Service also assisted in providing enough water to put the fire out.
He added that the cause of the fire is still under investigation at this time.

— Myles Dolphin