6 left homeless in Beaumont fire

The fire broke out at 54st Street and 57th Avenue around 9 a.m.
A family of six is homeless after fire heavily damaged their Beaumont home Thursday morning. (Gareth Hampshire/CBC News )

A family of six is homeless after a fire destroyed their home in Beaumont Thursday morning.

The fire broke out at the home near 54st Street and 57th Avenue around 9 a.m. 

Leslie Ermantrout, who was renting the home, was at work when he received a call that his house was on fire.

“I got the phone call that my house was on fire at about 9:30 this morning,” Ermantrout said. “I rushed back here from Leduc, and it was pretty much engulfed.”

Four members of his wife’s family scrambled out of the house when they heard the smoke alarms, salvaging what they could as they rushed out of the burning building.

Although fire crews arrived at the scene within 10 minutes of receiving the call, the flames spread so quickly through the roof that everything on the main floor was lost.

“When we responded the garage was fully involved and it had already made entrance into the main floor of the house,” said Beaumont fire chief Bob Gates. “The fire did get up into the attic area and spread along there so we had a fairly difficult time getting it out.”

The fire was out within an hour, but not before everything was destroyed.

“I can see how people are traumatized by this stuff,” said Ermantrout. “No more pictures, no nothing. It’s a regrettable loss, but we’re going to hang in there and keep the family strong.”

The family didn’t have any belongings insured and the local Sobeys where one of them works is asking people for help.

It is not clear what caused the fire or what the official damage estimate will be. No one was injured in the fire.

Beaumont is immediately south of Edmonton city limits.