May 14, 2014 7:24 am

Fire destroys Edmonton home

WATCH: A fire destroyed a home in south east Edmonton Wednesday morning. Shannon Greer has the details.

EDMONTON – A southeast Edmonton home was destroyed by a fire Wednesday morning.

Crews were called to a house in the Tamarack neighbourhood on 35 Avenue and 11 Street, shortly before 3 a.m.

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“I got together and got all the cars out of the way, got everyone moved back and get out of the smoke,” explained neighbour Dennis McKay. “But by time the fire department got here the fire was already all the way up upstairs on the house.”

Firefighters arrived to find flames shooting and smoke billowing out of the single family home.

“The priority is to get inside on the initial building. Certainly there’s a lot of things all going on at once,” explained District Chief Randy Shakura, Edmonton Fire Rescue.

“You know, a crew would be protecting the house beside it, but we’re putting a lot of effort into going into the building to do search and rescue.”

Everyone inside was able to get out safely.

“There were two people living inside the building. A passerby banged on the door and they got out prior to being injured,” said Shakura.

Fire crews managed to save the house next door, though it did sustain some damage.

Neighbour Dennis McKay tells Global News the house was saved partially because homes in the neighbourhood are built with fire resistant siding.

The province implemented stricter building and fire codes following a massive fire in 2007 in the MacEwan neighbourhood.

The new regulations which came into effect in 2009, include a requirement that fire-resistant gypsum board be used in all new homes with vinyl siding that are built close together.

The cause is under investigation.

© Shaw Media, 2014

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