Selkirk home destroyed by fire

Posted at: 02/17/2013 6:35 PM
Updated at: 02/17/2013 11:10 PM
By: Lily Jamali

Firefighters in Selkirk were unable to save a home from fire Sunday.

No one was hurt but the home was a total loss, and fire officials say strong winds were a major factor.

Nobody lived at the home, which was primarily used as a retreat by the Donnelly family, whose members live close to the house at 668 Old Quarry Road.

Firefighters had several challenges, including fast winds which caused the blaze to quickly burn out of control once it started just before 3pm.

The home was in a remote area with no hydrants.

Firefighters ran through the water they brought with them on tankers soonafter they arrived, forcing them to pump water from a creek nearby.

Ammunition in the basement of the home also posed a hazard.

Ultimately, firefighters couldn't save the house, despite arriving within 5 minutes of the initial call.

It was demolished Sunday night to prevent the fire from reigniting.

Firefighters are still investigating the cause.

One firefighter suffered from debris in the eye.