Fort McMurray fire destroys 4 homes, damages several others
27 firefighters battle blaze as it hopped from rooftop to rooftop
An early morning fire fanned by strong winds destroyed four homes in a neighbourhood in Fort McMurray Monday.
The massive fire damaged four other homes, while the heat from the flames affected even more buildings in the Abasand community.
Firefighters arrived on the scene as two homes were fully engulfed with the fire spreading to the roof of a third house, said emergency services spokesperson Jillian Smith.
"Significant winds were a major contributor to last night's fire spread in Abasand," said Darby Allen, regional fire chief in a news release. "Crews worked hard throughout the night, and now our focus shifts to the fire investigation."
He said 27 firefighters worked on the fire.
Three vehicles and a fifth-wheel were also damaged.
Residents in the area were evacuated from their homes, but many have since been able to return home.
The cause and damage estimate of the fire is not yet known.