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Wednesday, January 20, 2016

PCES responds to fires and rollover

Toni Lucas

Pincher Creek Emergency Services (PCES)  responded to two fires and one vehicle rollover between January 11 - 17.

Pincher Creek Emergency Services responded to a single vehicle roll over east of Pincher just after 5:00 pm Sunday, January 17 close to the train overpass approximately 5 kilometers east of town. The RCMP called in services after the vehicle crossed the center line and ended in the north ditch. The sole occupant of the small pick up truck was assessed and released on scene.

PCES were called out to a fire which affected two properties out at Beauvais Lake on Saturday, January 16 at approximately 11:00 pm. Two small structures under 12' X 12', one of which was a sauna, were damaged.  One structure was completely consumed and the second one was gutted by flames. The nearby homes were unaffected as firefighters from Beaver Mines Fire Hall and Pincher Creek EMS contained the area. Deputy Fire Chief Pat Neumann reported there were no injuries. The wind conditions were favorable for the firefighters, however cold weather of -19 degrees  Celsius (with the wind chill) made for a very challenging evening.  The cause of the fire is currently under investigation. 

PCES responded to a report of a fire in washroom early in the afternoon of Monday, Jan 11 at the Foothills Church where St. Michael's School is holding classes for grades 9-12. A light fixture was faulty and some paper towels caught fire. The building was evacuated and students were sent home early for the day.  No foul play is suspected.  Damage was minimal and the school was reopened the next day.

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