Fire crews battle flames, frigid temperatures in north Edmonton

A home in North Edmonton has been destroyed by fire.

Windchill near minus 40 degrees causes challenges for firefighters

A home in North Edmonton has been destroyed by fire.

Firefighters were called out at 4 a.m. Saturday to Ada Boulevard and 62nd Street.

District Chief Greg Flett said the home was engulfed in heavy smoke when fire crews arrived.

Safety officers decided the house’s floors had been compromised by the flames, making it unsafe for fire crews to enter the home.

With windchill, fire crews worked for almost five hours in minus 40 degree weather to get the flames under control.

“The cold weather really makes things tough on the guys and the firefighting,” said Flett.

“With our apparatus and the men, we have to rotate the crews through, keep them warm and thawed out. And our units, pumps and ladders, suffer big time, freezing up.”

At the fire’s peak, 16 units were fighting the fire.

No one was injured.

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