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Fatal structure fire in Cold Lake

A structure fire in Cold Lake north claimed the life of an adult male on Feb. 7
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Cold Lake RCMP, along with fire and emergency services, responded to a structure fire that claimed the life of an adult man. File photo.

COLD LAKE – A structure fire in Cold Lake has claimed the life of an adult man. 

On Feb. 7 at 9:30 a.m., Cold Lake RCMP and emergency and fire services responded to a structure fire on Lake Ave. in Cold Lake north.   

According to Cold Lake Fire-Rescue fire chief Jeff Fallow, a call was received from a neighbour of a possible structure fire. Two pumper trucks, one command unit, and 13 firefighters responded. 

Upon arriving at the scene, smoke was observed to be coming from the interior of a residence and one adult male was located inside the home.   

“Light smoke was seen coming from a kitchen area window near the rear of the structure. Fire crews made entry into the smoke-filled structure from the main entrance and located and knocked down a fire in the kitchen area,” detailed Fallow. “In parallel with fire suppression, fire crews were also performing a primary search of the home and located an unconscious male occupant and removed him from the structure to the outside of the structure, where they initiated medical care until transferred.” 

RCMP said the man was transported to the Cold Lake Healthcare Centre, where he succumbed to his injuries. The fire has been deemed non-suspicious by fire investigators.    

Fallow stated fire crews remained on the scene until the fire was "completely overhauled and the building was secured at approximately 11:10 a.m."

This story was updated to reflect information from Cold Lake Fire-Rescue 

Robynne Henry, Bonnyville Nouvelle