Two homes were destroyed and two more will likely be torn down after a massive fire raced through a Grande Prairie neighbourhood early Wednesday.

Platoon Chief Bart Johnson said the fire broke out around 1:30 a.m. Wednesday in the relatively new Crystal Lake neighbourhood.

The fire started in one home at 89A Street and 130th Avenue and then spread quickly to three other homes.

Johnson said the houses’ vinyl siding and close proximity to each other helped the fire move quickly.

At its peak, 24 firefighters were working on putting out the flames.

Crews are now working on putting out hot spots and assessing the damage.

Grande Prairie Fire

Fire fighters remained on scene Wednesday putting out hot spots. The cause of the blaze is not yet known. (Trevor Schwabe)

Community rallying around victims

It’s not yet clear whether residents were home at all four houses.

“We do know that there were no injuries and all of the people were either out upon arrival or were out shortly after arrival – and no firefighters injured and no civilians injured,” said Johnson.

 Councillor Dwight Logan, who lives in the same neighbourhood, said the community will rally around the families who lost their homes.

“When you have a fire like that, with families displaced, you feel a tremendous source of concern for them. On the other hand, when there is no loss of life or serious personal injury, you feel bad that even though there was a fire – people are not actually hurt,” he said. “What we've lost is property not people.” 

Victims Services and Red Cross workers will be helping those displaced by the fire.

There is no word yet on what caused the fire.

Logan said city council had been debating the use of vinyl siding, but have been taking guidance on the issue from the province.