Alicia Koch and her kids had just settled down to a movie after spending the day at Boundary when smoke started filling her home in the Willow Park Greens trailer court.
"My husband was away at a ten-day camp so he wasn't with us. We were eating popcorn, watching a movie when I noticed above the TV, that there was smoke coming through the walls."
"At this point, I hadn't heard any smoke alarms, I hadn't smelled anything yet. I rushed the kids outside and I came back inside to try and find my cat and before I knew it, the whole house was filled with smoke. I couldn't find him and I had to leave before it was too late."
"I walked out the door and got to the neighbour's house and the house was in flames almost in the matter of seconds."
She shared that it was a difficult experience to go through.
"I couldn't even watch the house, I was in shock. I was trying to find my husband and I couldn't get a hold of him because he was in the middle of nowhere. I felt very alone even with all the people around. And I was very upset. We had lost our two pets in the house, we still don't know about the cat."
The family escaped without injuries. And while the house had smoke alarms, they did not go off.
"It sounds like everything started in the walls which didn't trigger the alarm until the smoke started coming into the hallway. The smoke alarm is in the hallway by the children's' room."
Koch explained that the Estevan Fire and Rescue Department worked quickly to extinguish the flames once they arrived.
"They were trying to connect to the fire hydrants but unfortunately, they didn't work. They had to haul water."
She described that the entire trailer park was covered in dark smoke and it was very difficult to see.
"There was smoke everywhere. I've never been in such dark smoke. But the fire department worked very fast to get everything done and once I heard glass smashing I knew that we were getting close to the end of it."
She added that the fire likely started in the furnace room.
The investigation into the cause of the fire is still under investigation.
A GoFundMe page has been set up to help out the family.
"I would like to say thank you to the fire department and the police station for their emotional support on Friday as well as how fast and how hard they worked to try and save our home, especially with the extenuating circumstances they had to deal with. The Red Cross who have taken care of us for three days, putting us up in a place and giving us food and clothes and to everyone and the anonymous donors who dropped off stuff for us. Everyone in town has been so wonderful."