WATCH ABOVE: More than $1 million worth of damage was done in a house fire in Strathcona County overnight. Here is a view of the aftermath from the Global 1 News Helicopter.
A Sherwood Park homeowner was able to make it out safely as fire tore through his home late Thursday night.
Strathcona County firefighters were called to a home on Estate Drive at around 11:30 p.m. By the time crews arrived on scene, the house was engulfed in smoke and flames.
Evan Gagliardi said his dad was home alone when the fire broke out. Gagliardi doesn’t think the family cat made it out alive.
“Absolutely terrible,” Gagliardi, who is in Vancouver, said.
“I’m lucky everyone’s OK. I’m lucky I had some stuff with me. I really feel bad for my dad, especially. The only thing he managed to escape with was the underwear he was sleeping in.”
Dep. fire chief Vern Elliott said crews went into defensive mode and didn’t enter the home to fight the fire due to its intensity.
Elliott said strong winds made the battle difficult for firefighters.
“When you’ve got the high winds – I think we’re talking 30 to 40 kilometres an hour – that pushed the fire fairly significantly,” he said. “We were even defending houses across the street because of the embers falling.
“We had to ladder a couple of buildings and put some small spot fires out on the roofs.”
Watch below: Fire crews were called to a house fire in Sherwood Park late Thursday night. It took a couple of hours to bring the blaze under control. No one was injured but the house is destroyed. Julia Wong reports.
The fire was under control by about 1:30 a.m. Friday. About 20 firefighters were called in to put out the fire.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation, but Elliott said it looks like the fire started outside the house.
Damages are pegged at more than $1 million.