No one was hurt in a house fire that destroyed one home and damaged others Friday, July 20 on Knowles Avenue in Okotoks.

Neighbour, Trellis Palmer, says her kids were in the neighbouring home playing video games, but they were stopped because the power started flickering and that's when they could hear the crackling of the fire, so they got out as fast as possible.

"My son was in the house with his friends, and they noticed the power was going out with their gaming and could hear the crackling of the fire, so they exited the house very quickly," she said.

Neighbours were concerned to see so many residents gathering to watch the fire, which has them a little upset.

"If people could just get out of the way of ambulance and fire, like my girlfriend is losing her house, but we had our children in there," said Palmer.

Residents are reminded to take precautions necessary and try to keep yourself out of first responders way to help them better handle theses emergencies.

Palmer says she's glad no one was hurt, but is heartbroken for her friends who lost their home and all their belongings.

"Thankfully they're safe, but I'm sad for the people that lost their house and everything in it," she said.

Fire crews, EMS and RCMP were able to secure the area and contain the fire, but the home was destroyed and neighbouring homes damaged.

Okotoks Fire Chief, Ken Thevenot, says the investigation is still ongoing to determine what caused the fire, and will have an update as soon as information is available.


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