Fire consumes century-old house near Moose Jaw

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The Moose Jaw Fire Department fights a house fire on Saturday.

By Lisa Goudy

Kevin Burtnick survived a house fire early Saturday morning because of his Calico cat, Lily.

“The cat woke me up and I got out with the cat and that’s about all I got out,” said Burtnick on Saturday. “(It was) kind of scary at the start anyway. It really hasn’t sunk in yet that the house is gone.”

The Moose Jaw Fire Department received a call that a house seven miles west of Moose Jaw had caught fire at 3:27 a.m. Saturday, according to Chris Christmann, the platoon commander at the fire department. The farmyard house’s main floor was engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived on scene around 3:45 a.m. Christmann said crews were on scene until 3 p.m.

“They had to call in a back hoe to know (the house) in,” said Christmann late Saturday. “(Upon arrival) they had to go into defensive mode immediately and so it would be total loss on the house.”

For more information, read an upcoming edition of the Times-Herald.

Organizations: Moose Jaw Fire Department, Moose Jaw Times-Herald

Geographic location: Moose Jaw

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  • Archie Watson - Kelowna, B.C.
    April 26, 2012 - 19:10

    So sorry to see the destruction of this old landmark farm dwelling built by my Father in 1912. I was the last of 6 children raised there by my parents. I was born at home in that Dwelling in December 1927 - so I have many memories of the area when growing up. I moved away to seek work in Alberta back in 1946 after WW11. So sad.