A residential fire in the Luxstone neighbourhood led to a response from the Airdrie Fire Department (AFD) on March 18.
According to a press release from the City of Airdrie, the fire occurred shortly before 10:51 p.m., when AFD members responded to a reported structure fire on Luxstone Crescent SW.
Upon arrival, the release stated fire crews came upon a two-storey residential home exhibiting heavy fire and smoke conditions.
“Extreme heat and flames from the fire threatened to extend to an adjacent neighbouring home,” the release stated.
All residents home at the time of the incident, including four adults and two children, safely evacuated prior to AFD’s arrival. According to the release, evacuees were assessed by the Alberta Health Services paramedic crew on scene. There were no injuries to report.
According to the City, firefighters did not just battle the blaze but also rescued a pet cat from the home, which they successfully resuscitated with the use of oxygen.
With an aggressive and focused fire attack, the City stated the blaze was quickly brought under control. To ensure the fire was completely extinguished, extensive salvage and overhaul efforts were completed.
“Due to the extreme fire conditions, the structure suffered significant interior and exterior damage,” the release stated, adding the siding of an exposed, exterior wall on the neighbouring home was also badly damaged.
The Fire Prevention Bureau remains on scene conducting their investigation to determine probable cause and preliminary damage estimates.
In the day after the blaze, a Go Fund Me page was set up for the homeowners. As of March 23, the page had raised $5,700 for the Stewart family.
“Kevin, Danita, their two small children Hunter and Kinsley, Kevin's mom Brenda and brother Kyle were all able to make it out of the home safely,” stated the description of the page. “One cat made it to safety and one is still missing. At this time, it appears all was lost: clothing, toys, furniture, all lost or damaged.”
We are asking that you keep the Stewart family in your prayers and if you can donate anything, this would be greatly appreciated. Donations in the form of money, baby essentials, clothing, or anything you can muster to help would be awesome. Let's help a family going through a life-changing event get back on their feet.”
To donate to the GoFund Me, visit bit.ly/3f7jjpb