A fire recently broke out in a garage on a rural Strathcona County property.
Crews received the call around 4:08 p.m. on Sunday (Oct.18), with the fire being reported on Range Road 211 just off of Township Road 530.
When crews arrived, smoke and flames were coming from the large metal outbuilding which was being used as a garage.
According to acting deputy chief Bruce Patterson, prior to his arrival on scene, the homeowner was able to remove his classic car from inside the structure before it sustained serious damage.
While it was fortunate the car and the owner made it out safely, Patterson stressed the importance of people evacuating buildings immediately when there is a fire.
"We don't want anybody to go in and rescue anything. As much as I realize it's an antique car, that put them in immediate danger and if something were to happen, it complicates things for the firefighters," said Patterson. "We can replace a building, we can replace an antique car but we can't replace a person."
Luckily, no one was injured in the incident.
As the flames were in a metal structure, the heat gave crews some difficulty but it also helped contain the fire to the one building. The blaze was put out by 7 p.m.
"If it was a wood structure, it could allow the fire to expand," Patterson explained.
The investigation into the cause and extent of the damage is still ongoing. Patterson believes the building will likely be a write-off.