Fa­tal­ity in Bankview fire

Ci­ti­zen pulls victim from burn­ing home Satur­day

The Drumheller Mail - - FRONT PAGE - Pa­trick Ko­lafa The Drumheller Mail

A struc­ture fire that took the life of a Drumheller man and in­jured a woman last Satur­day night has been deemed non-sus­pi­cious in na­ture.

The Drumheller Fire De­part­ment, EMS, and RCMP re­sponded to a house fire at ap­prox­i­mately 6:50 p.m., Sat

ur­day night on 2nd Street SW. Upon ar­rival, Fire Chief Bruce Wade said the house was en­gulfed. The de­part­ment re­sponded with two pump trucks, about 18 fire­fight­ers and their res­cue ve­hi­cle.

“We had a quick knock down (of the fire),” said Wade con­firm­ing the fa­tal­ity. “At this time it is still un­der inves- tiga­tion.”

The iden­tity of the de­ceased has not been re­leased.

Be­fore fire­fight­ers ar­rived on scene, a fe­male victim had been taken out of the res­i­dence by by­standers.

The Mail spoke with Chris Thomp­son, who was driv­ing by when he saw the smoke. He went to the house and banged on the win­dows while an­other passerby called 911. Thomp­son told The Mail he broke down the back door of the house and saw two feet. He and two other peo­ple dragged a fe­male on to the back deck of the house. She was suf­fer­ing what ap­peared to be se­vere burns and was taken to hos­pi­tal by EMS.

Con­sta­ble Ja­son Ger­ard said in­ves­ti­ga­tors from the Fire Com­mis­sioner's of­fice were on scene, and while the in­ves­ti­ga­tion is on­go­ing, it ap­pears the fire be­gan in the front room.

“The fire in­ves­ti­ga­tor deemed it as most likely ac­ci­den­tal. It was not elec­tri­cal,” said Ger­ard.

He adds it is the type of fire that could go un­solved and could have sim­ply been started by a cig­a­rette or ashes.

The home was de­stroyed by the fire.

Chief Wade ex­plains when there is an in­jury or fa­tal fire, the Fire Com­mis­sioner's offi ce is no­ti­fied. The RCMP will also be con­duct­ing the in­ves­ti­ga­tion with the Fire Com­mis­sioner's Of­fice.

mailpho­tos by Pa­trick Ko­lafa and Al­lie Ruck­man

Fire­fight­ers bat­tle a blaze which broke out in Bankview on Satur­day evening, claim­ing the life of a man and se­verely in­jur­ing a woman. In­ves­ti­ga­tors deemed the fire to be non-sus­pi­cious in na­ture and likely ac­ci­den­tal.

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