Fire destroys Rainy River home

Jack Elliott
Rainy River correspondent

In the early hours of Wednesday, February 10, 2021 Rainy River Volunteer Fire Department members received an alert of a house fire on 5th St between Broadway and Mill Ave in the Town. Extreme cold conditions at the time of the alarm made fire fighting operations very difficult.

Fire volunteer Brent Helgeson, who lives almost directly across from the involved building, saw the blaze out his front window when he received the alarm on his pager…

“It was totally involved with flames coming out the front and side windows of the unit when my beeper went off at 5:15 a.m.,” said Helgeson, noting the flames lit up the whole street.

Eight volunteers from the Rainy River Department and five members from neighbouring Dawson Department quickly responded to the alarm but were unable to save the structure. They were however able to keep the fire from spreading to adjacent properties.

The occupant of the structure escaped physically unharmed and was taken to the Rainy River Hospital

Cause of the fire is undetermined and further investigation by the fire Marshall’s Office is not planned at this time says Regional Fire Chief, Randy Asselin of Pinewood.

Caption: Smoking ruble was all that remained of the structure by sunrise on the morning of this fire on 5th St in Rainy River February 10, 2021.

The rubble pile on Monday, February 15, 2021 was a heap of garbage that had been piled by an excavator up in an effort to get under the burning floor of the trailer home