A house fire in Martensville claimed the lives of two dogs on Tuesday, November 7.
Despite the best efforts of firefighters to revive the pets using canine oxygen masks, the two pets unfortunately perished from smoke inhalation in the blaze, which broke out about 9:15 a.m. in a home on 1st Avenue North.
Kim Hryhoriw, a bylaw enforcement officer with the City of Martensville, called 911 when she noticed the fire. She also alerted the Martensville RCMP.
“I had stopped at the house and was in the process of writing a warning note about a boat trailer extending over the sidewalk,” said Hryhoriw in an interview at the scene. “I knocked on the door and there was no answer, so I started writing the notice and all of a sudden the side of the house just went up in flames.
“At that point, I phoned 911 and reported the fire, then called police.”
Hryhoriw said RCMP officers advised her to not enter the premises and to wait for emergency responders to arrive.
Martensville fire crews were on the scene in a matter of minutes with a pumper truck. They turned off the natural gas supply and used axes to open up the wall of the home where the flames were most intense. The Warman Fire Department was also called immediately to provide mutual aid. Warman firefighters arrived with two units and assisted in fighting the fire.
Large columns of grey smoke could be seen pouring out of the building at the time emergency crews arrived.
Firefighters were able to enter the home to shut off the electricity. They did a primary search and found the two dogs. The fire was brought under control by 9:50 a.m. Firefighters then did a secondary search. They determined there was no one else in the home.
“It was a very serious fire,” confirmed Martensville Fire Chief Kurtis Dyck. “Unfortunately, two pets lost their lives.”
Dyck said the cause of the fire is currently under investigation. He said the damage was “very extensive” throughout the home, with a lot of heat and smoke damage.
“It will be a significant loss,” said Dyck.
Firefighters were able to contain the fire quickly and there was no damage to nearby homes.
Hryhoriw expressed sorrow at the loss of the pets’ lives, and praised the quick response of the fire crews.