These are the remains of a fire that destroyed a home on the Ermineskin Reserve Friday

Family of 14 lose home to fire

It took just minutes from the initial signs of smoke to a home fire that left a family on the Ermineskin Reserve without a place to stay.

It took just minutes late afternoon on Friday, Dec. 4 from the initial signs of smoke to a full-fledged home fire that left a family of 14 on the Ermineskin Reserve without a place to stay.

While luckily no one was hurt in the incident except for some smoke inhalation, the fire took all their earthly possessions and their home, says family spokesperson Tara Cutarm.

Initial investigations point to a furnace that appears to have seized but Cutarm says they won’t know for certain until Nations Liaison to the Fire Commissioner, Tom Littlechild, concludes investigations.

It was a normal Friday for many of the family members who had just returned from school and were going about their routines when smoke started coming out of the vents. Cutarm said they made a quick investigation and found it to be coming from the basement.

Immediately everyone was sent to a neighbour’s home and one member called the fire department while the oldest family member checked no one else was in the home. A short time later, the fire department arrived but Cutarm said the home was fully engulfed in flames within nine minutes of noticing smoke.

She says everything they had, including Christmas presents, were destroyed in the fire and the family is staying at a hotel in Wetaskiwin for now while they sort out their matters. Fire crews were at the scene until after 9 p.m.

“They’re very shaken up. They’re quite lost right now,” says Cutarm of the family’s experience.

Community support has been strong and Cutarm says the family is overwhelmed by the support. A GoFundMe page has been created under Recovery from the fire and a Facebook information page under Maskwacis Family in Need Due to House Fire has been created should anyone wish to donate.

Anyone wishing to donate clothing can call Cutarm who says there are three teenagers, six children under 12, a baby of three-years-old and three adults. For more information call Cutarm at 780-360-5756 or visit the GoFundMe for donations.


Just Posted

Ponoka RCMP investigate liquor theft

Police looking to identify the suspect in an alleged liquor theft

Kittens rescued after allegedly being tossed from vehicle

Couple finds abandoned kittens new home through Facebook

Semi collides with vehicle on Highway 2

Members of the Ponoka Integrated Traffic Unit dealt with a call on Highway 2 north of Ponoka

Standing room only at Ponoka Legion Remembrance Day ceremony

Strong support for Remembrance Day shown by Ponoka residents.

Ponoka based team ropers add CFR crown to their world championship

Simpson, Buhler storm back to win Canadian championship; Green beats Thurston in saddle bronc

Cost to fix Phoenix pay system to surpass $540 million: auditor general

Michael Ferguson’s review hints the entire system should be scrapped

UPDATE: CBS fires Charlie Rose following allegations

Charlie Rose is the latest public figure to be accused with sexual misconduct allegations

LGBTQ advocates want military, RCMP to take part in apology

“These are all the organizations that perpetrated past discrimination against the LGBTQ community.”

Canadians are getting bad advice from the taxman

An auditor has found that Canadians are getting bad advice from the taxman, when they can get through

B.C. mining company stakes claim in Australia

Copper Mountain is set to purchase Cloncurry Copper Project in a $93-million deal.

B.C. reporter reflects on covering Charles Manson

Charles Manson, leader of a murderous cult, died on Sunday at 83

Report sets exercise guidelines for young kids, including ‘tummy time’ for babies

Kids aged one to four should get at least three hours of physical activity throughout the day

Stampeders return to Grey Cup with 32-28 win over Edmonton Eskimos

The Stampeders will face the Toronto Argonauts next Sunday in Ottawa for the title

Most Read