LETHBRIDGE: It continues to be a busy year for Lethbridge firefighters.
As his crews battled two west side house fires on Sunday afternoon, Lethbridge fire Chief Brain Cornforth noted, "It's shaping up to be one of the worst wildfire seasons in decades".
Add to that, city firefighters have already dealt with about a dozen significant structure fires in the past six months. That doesn't include numerous grass fires they've been called out to.
Three stations and about 20-men were called to a house fire on the west side Sunday afternoon.
According to Platoon Chief Greg Kveder, they were first notified of the fire at about 12:39. When crews arrived at Canyonview Place West, the wind had already whipped up the flames and two two-storey homes were engulfed. Kveder noted, "At that point, our only option was to take a defensive stance".
Kveder says they have no immediate cause of the fire but investigators were already on-scene. The initial damage estimate is about $1-Million.
The two families who live in the residences were not home at the time of the fire. Platoon Chief Kveder said that neighbours were able to entre one home's garage and push three vehicles onto the driveway. The quick action saved the vehicles.