Lakelse fire burns cabin to the ground

One cabin is burnt down and another damaged after a fire tore through the unoccupied structures south of Terrace

A cabin at Lakelse Lake was too engulfed in flames for firefighters to save when they responded to a call from a neighbour who noticed the fire yesterday at 11:47 p.m.

When crews arrived at the scene of the unoccupied recreational cabin near First Avenue and Old Lakelse Lodge Road, the structure was still standing but the fire was too large for them to extinguish.

“It was still fully standing and in its natural state, but the fire was consuming the entire inside,” said Fire chief Rick Boehm of the Thornhill Volunteer Fire Department.

Another cabin, also unoccupied, next to the one that burnt down was partially damaged by the fire, but the department was able to get the flames under control, limiting the damage to the outside of the property.

Fire crews succeeded in gaining the upper hand over the blaze by 2:30a.m.

Owners of both properties have been contacted and were naturally “shocked,” Boehm said.

Boehm added that the cause of the fire is still unknown and the department will be conducting further investigations.