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UPDATE: Fire in Grand Coulee destroys home

REGINA – An early morning fire in Grand Coulee has destroyed a house, leaving a family without their home just weeks before Christmas.

Residents woke up Wednesday to find flames shooting out of the roof and windows of the home, and dense smoke could be seen from the Trans-Canada highway.

The homeowners had already left work before the fire broke out just after 7:00 a.m. and by the time fire crews arrived the house was engulfed in flames.

“Flames were already showing through the roof so at that point it became about protecting exposures and doing what we could to extinguish the fire,” explained Grand Coulee Fire Chief Kevin Joa. “Surround and drowned, as we call it.”

The house was completely gutted.  The roof and several floors had collapsed and the garage was ripped apart.

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Crews remained on scene for several hours managing hotspots and did manage to prevent the blaze from spreading to neighbouring residents.

“We called for mutual aid from the City of Regina who showed up and helped us extinguish the fire,” Joa added.

The fire is not considered suspicious and the cause is still being investigated.

Below is video of the fire that was submitted by Penny King:

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