The Estevan Fire Department had a rather eventful weekend as they responded to a number of calls.
"Shortly after midnight, about 12:42 am," explained Fire Chief, Dale Feser, "the Estevan Fire Department was alerted to reported structure fire with the possibility of someone unaccounted for as the homeowner had reentered the home."
"Upon arrival at the scene, crews found a fully engulfed kitchen and living room area of the home. We did set up suppression operations, the primary focus was to find the missing homeowner. The homeowner was located quite quickly shortly after arrival on scene. He was turned over to EMS for treatment of his injuries being smoke inhalation."
"He was conscious, thank goodness, and crews brought him right out from to EMS right away."
He was treated on scene and then taken to St. Joseph's Hospital.
"We currently have no update on the homeowner's condition but we believe that he is going to be okay."
"The home itself suffered extensive damage to the upper portion of home, the kitchen, and the living room area. A lot of smoke damage to the back bedrooms as well. There's no structural damage per se to the home however, the home in untenable at this time and the homeowner will be displaced from his home."
Chief Feser added that there is no word yet on the cause of the fire.
"The area of origin has been pinpointed but the cause of the fire is still under investigation at this time."
As for whether or not the home had working smoke detectors is also still unknown.
"We're still looking at pictures and investigation whether there were working smoke alarms. It didn't appear to be, under initial investigation but we are going to review photos for further assessment."
"Irregardless, it is very important for all the citizens in Estevan to have functioning smoke detectors or fire alarms in their homes. Make sure you are testing those batteries, checking the batteries, replacing the batteries, and testing the alarms to ensure that they are functioning properly."
Feser added that this weekend was an active one for them, with three calls on Sunday.
"We responded to a commercial fire alarm later on in the day, approximately 11:30 which turned out to be a faulty detection device, There was also a residential fire alarm right around supper time in the northwest portion of the city. That was a cooking related fire alarm."
"We responded to two calls already this morning. We were toned out shortly after 7 o'clock this morning for a commercial fire alarm, again being a faulty detection device. And we responded to a two vehicle motor vehicle collision at the intersection of Kensington Avenue and 4th Street. Thankfully it was a very minor collision with no injuries. The scene was turned over to Estevan City Police and the occupants of the vehicles did not require treatment by EMS."
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