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Flames miss chicken coop

Fire crews in Lake Country were able to quickly knock down a brush fire before it reached a chicken coop and a greenhouse Monday morning.

Over a dozen hedges were consumed by the flames before the fire was extinguished. A melted extension cord is being investigated as the possible cause. The cord was used to deliver power to the chicken coop and a small greenhouse on the property in the 9000 block of Read Road.

Lake Country Deputy Fire Chief Brent Penner says, "We don't actually know what the cause is. The guys are going up, they're going to see some electrical cords on the rock up there, and they (the cords) run along the hedge and they work their way to the chicken coop. I don't know if that's what caused it, yet, but it's in the area of origin. Everything is looking accidental at this point in time."

No one was home at the time of the fire. A neighbour is being credited for calling it in, and Penner says it could have been a lot worse if no one noticed the flames.

"Just the hedges and some minor damage to the greenhouse, very minor. We got a pretty early heads up on it so it was a quick knock down."



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