Fire destroys shop, contents at Ross Lake

A fire last Thursday morning destroyed a large storage shop on Ross Lake Road, along with a vehicle, farm equipment and several tools.

A fire last Thursday morning destroyed a large storage shop on Ross Lake Road, along with a vehicle, farm equipment and several tools.

Firefighters from Stettler Regional Fire Department halls in Stettler and Big Valley responded to the call southwest of Stettler at about 9:30 a.m.

“A shop about 1,200 square feet was fully engulfed with flames when fire crews arrived on the scene and the heat from the fire was beginning to damage the siding on the house due to the size of the fire and the wind direction at the time,” Fire Chief Mark Dennis said in a news release.

“Fire crews battled the frigid temperatures for several hours, but although the house suffered only external damage, the shop could not be saved.”

A skid-steer tractor, a car and several tools were ruined in the blaze, the fire department reported.

No injuries were reported and fire officials continue to investigate to try to determine the cause of fire.

Dennis didn’t immediately return phone calls daytime Tuesday before this week’s edition of the Stettler Independent went to press.

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