Members of the Big Lake Volunteer Fire Department mop up a structure fire Monday on Jacobson Road.

Members of the Big Lake Volunteer Fire Department mop up a structure fire Monday on Jacobson Road.

Unfinished home saved from being destroyed by fire

Quick actions by the owners of an unfinished home on Jacobson Road saved it from being destroyed by fire Monday.

Quick actions by the owners of an unfinished home on Jacobson Road saved it from being destroyed by fire Monday, said Big Lake Volunteer Fire Chief Joel Bruneski.

“We were called in at 6:06 p.m. and by the time we arrived the homeowners had managed to knock the fire down,” Bruneski said Tuesday. “They used at least seven portable fire extinguishers that they grabbed from surrounding houses and they managed to pull the burning material away from the building.”

Firefighters responded with the department rescue and engine, accessing a “rough” lane to go directly into the site.

The department’s tender stood back in case it was needed, but ended up turning around, Bruneski said.

When fire crews arrived, the fire was “pretty much out,” so firefighters helped tear the fire apart, assess hot spots with a heat gun, and mop up.

“We also waited for the RCMP to arrive and aided them with their investigation,” Bruneski said, noting the cause of the fire is unknown at this time.

Bruneski said there was very little damage to the house, noting there was a small lake nearby so there were no water issues.