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Former Hants resident 'safe and sound' after Fort McMurray evacuation

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COLD LAKE, ALTA. – Watching wildfires ravage Fort McMurray on the news, Geraldine Miller anxiously waited for word that her cousin was safe.

“It's devastating enough to know it's happening, but when you do have people that you know out there, it just brings it that much closer to home,” said Miller, just a couple of hours after finding out her first cousin was safe.

Doug Allen, originally from Windsor, and his wife, Nadine, were among the thousands of Albertans who were evacuated from their homes May 3.

“He didn't get back to me last night but then he got back to everybody (May 4) on Facebook in one message saying he's overwhelmed with the support and the care that people are sending him,” said Miller.

“I'm relieved to know they're safe, and everybody else out there, but I'm still concerned and worried until this is brought under control of some sort,” said Miller.


Several homes and businesses in the southwest section of the city were destroyed as wind fanned the flames of an out-of-control wildfire. Miller said Allen's home was further north than where the most damage occurred.

“They weren't in dire danger right where they were but they still had to be evacuated too,” said Miller.

In his Facebook post to family and friends, Allen said his Internet connection was intermittent but that they made it “safe and sound” to Cold Lake.

“Just have to wait for word to be able to return now. Hopefully (we will have) a place to return to,” he wrote.

In the meantime, Miller said family and friends are continuing to watch the fiery situation unfold and are hoping for the best.

“It's far from being over but we're thinking of them, praying for them, and hoping for the best,” said Miller.

“God be with all of them.”

“It's devastating enough to know it's happening, but when you do have people that you know out there, it just brings it that much closer to home,” said Miller, just a couple of hours after finding out her first cousin was safe.

Doug Allen, originally from Windsor, and his wife, Nadine, were among the thousands of Albertans who were evacuated from their homes May 3.

“He didn't get back to me last night but then he got back to everybody (May 4) on Facebook in one message saying he's overwhelmed with the support and the care that people are sending him,” said Miller.

“I'm relieved to know they're safe, and everybody else out there, but I'm still concerned and worried until this is brought under control of some sort,” said Miller.


Several homes and businesses in the southwest section of the city were destroyed as wind fanned the flames of an out-of-control wildfire. Miller said Allen's home was further north than where the most damage occurred.

“They weren't in dire danger right where they were but they still had to be evacuated too,” said Miller.

In his Facebook post to family and friends, Allen said his Internet connection was intermittent but that they made it “safe and sound” to Cold Lake.

“Just have to wait for word to be able to return now. Hopefully (we will have) a place to return to,” he wrote.

In the meantime, Miller said family and friends are continuing to watch the fiery situation unfold and are hoping for the best.

“It's far from being over but we're thinking of them, praying for them, and hoping for the best,” said Miller.

“God be with all of them.”

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