Blaze razes Cormack home

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Fire officials from Cormack remained on the scene of a house fire on Veteran’s Drive Tuesday afternoon. The blaze started just after 7p.m. Monday. Cormack’s fire chief said the lack of hydrants in the area hampered firefighters.  — Photo by Paul Hutchings/The Western Star

Police and fire officials were still combing through the wreckage Tuesday after a home on Veteran’s Drive in Cormack was completely destroyed by fire.

The blaze started between 7 and 7:30 p.m. Monday and burned until after midnight. Members of the Cormack fire department remained on the scene Tuesday afternoon to deal with hot spots.

Deer Lake RCMP Sgt. Steven O’Blenis waded through the rubble of the burned-out house, using his training as a fire investigator, but could give no information as to what may have caused the fire as of deadline.

The Cormack Fire Department called for the assistance of the Deer Lake Fire Department, as is standard procedure in a blaze of that nature.

Cormack fire Chief Chris Foster said because his town has no hydrants, it became a challenge to extinguish the fire.

“It was a big structure, and a bad fire, but every fire is a challenge when you’re in a town with no hydrants,” he said. “We did the best we could with what we had and we walked away at the end with no injuries.”

Deer Lake fire Chief John Dinney said trucks had to leave to head back to Deer Lake a few times to refill their water reservoirs while they were in the process of fighting the fire.

Police say the investigation should reveal information in the next few days.

The Western Star

Organizations: RCMP, Cormack Fire Department, Deer Lake Fire Department

Geographic location: Cormack, Deer Lake, Western Star

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