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Fire guts Lake Country home

A passing motorist may have saved a Lake Country couple from serious injury or worse after a fire began in their attached garage.

According to Lake Country Fire Chief Steve Windsor, a motorist was driving along Highway 97 when he saw a flames in the Kal Pine Estates, off Rawthorne Road.

The passerby then drove to the home and awoke the residents.

“They had both gone to bed and approximately an hour later, a passerby driving down the highway saw flames coming from the attached garage," says Windsor.

“He went back, banged on the door and told the people their house was on fire.”

The blaze broke out sometime around 10:30 p.m. Wednesday evening and gutted a large portion of the manufactured home.

Windsor says the attached garage was fully involved and the fire had also spread into the attic of the home.

“Its still standing, but it has heavy smoke and water damage in the living portion of the house," he explains.

“I think it will be up to the insurance company, whether they do a rebuild or a teardown. But it is fairly substantially damaged. The fire got into the attic space and burnt through the roof in several spaces."

Homes to the south and the west also began to burn, with each suffering melted siding. 

Ann Schooling lives two houses away and was also asleep when the fire began.

“It was very scary. I was just in bed and I heard someone scream ‘Fire!’," she says.

"I saw all the orange through my blinds and when I looked out I didn’t know (whose house was on fire). It was massive."

Crews were still sifting through the fire Thursday morning, attempting to pinpoint the cause.

Chief Windsor does not believe the fire was suspicious, and they hope to finish their investigation later today.

Four engines and 20 firefighters from both Oyama and Winfield attended the blaze, and there no reports of any injuries.

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-- With files from Ragnar Haagen


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