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Fire stations busy last weekend

Wallace District Fire Department report
Friday at 5:00 pm Virden station received a call to a fire in a kitchen at a home in Virden. When firefighters arrived, they found the homeowner had put the fire out. He was heating oil in a pot on the stove and forgot about it. The oil burst into flames. When the homeowner tried to carry the pot outside, he dropped it and the fire spread onto the kitchen floor. He was able to put the fire out using a fire extinguisher. There was some smoke and fire damage to the kitchen and minor smoke damage in the house. No injuries.
Friday night at 11:35 pm, Virden firefighters responded to a truck in the creek at the end of Wellington St. W. The driver took the curve too fast and hit a tree which sent the vehicle into the creek. The driver was not injured.
Sunday morning at 1:42 am, Elkhorn firefighters were called to a house fire in Elkhorn. The lone occupant of the home escaped and called 911. The house was fully involved in fire when firefighters arrived. The homeowner was not present but was later located by RCMP. The home was a total loss. Seven firefighters from Elkhorn and eight from Virden attended the fire. It took a couple of hours to get the fire under control due to the high winds. Fire chief Brad Yochim stated, “I believe there were some animals in the house, but I have no idea how many.” There were no injuries to the firefighters who were on scene until 7:00 am. The fire department returned around 1:00 pm to put out some hot spots.
The cause of the fire is unknown.