Fast action by Clearwater Volunteer Fire Department and others is being credited with saving Clearwater’s New Life Assembly Church from fire.
According to a fire department spokesperson, a call came in at 11:47 p.m. that an outbuilding behind the New Life Assembly Church was on fire.
The initial call was from a resident who lived nearby on Schmidt Road.
Upon arrival, the firefighters found the outbuilding was indeed fully involved. The siding on the back of the church was melting as well.
Twelve members of the department attended the fire, along with all five fire vehicles.
Due to lack of a hydrant close by, the firefighters set up a water shuttle with two tankers and a drop tank.
The shed contained firewood, a barbeque, and variety of lawn care equipment. A smaller metal building nearby contained a wood furnace for the church.
The fire department requested a backhoe to pull the firewood apart, which saved time in getting the fire totally under control.
At this time, the cause of the fire is undetermined. However, according to Clearwater RCMP, it is not considered suspicious.