A home under construction in southwest Edmonton was destroyed by fire late Monday night.
Edmonton Fire Rescue Services received several calls at around 10:45 p.m. about a home on fire in the area of Crawford Drive and Crawford Link S.W.
Nine units arrived on scene to find the home engulfed in flames and caving in on itself, according to a spokesperson with EFRS.
Crews used a defensive attack to try to mitigate the damage, but the home was a total loss. The fire was brought under control at 11:07 p.m. and extinguished by 12:16 a.m. Tuesday.
Ivan Paulino lives next door and was sleeping when the fire broke out. He said he woke up some time after 10:30 p.m. and saw the flames outside his bedroom window.
“It was all orange and it was really hot,” he said.
“I went into a state of a panic attack and then I got my phone and called 911 and then hurried downstairs to tell my brothers. Next thing we did, we called our mom and we grabbed everything that we could and we heard, ‘Out of the house!'”
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Paulino said his family is OK but overall pretty shaken up by the fire.
“We’re still kind of in a state of shock,” he said. “Still a little scared to be honest because hopefully it doesn’t happen again, you know? The houses here are close intact with one another and it’s so scary to think about. I really hope it doesn’t happen again.”
Three surrounding homes sustained exposure damage to their windows and siding.
No injuries were reported.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation but damages are pegged at $500,000.