Without knowing if anyone was inside, fire crews battled a fire in the city’s northeast Thursday afternoon.

Fire spokesperson Jeff Budai said crews initially didn’t know if the occupants were in the house located in the 4800 block of 84th Avenue NE, but were relieved when the homeowner arrived and told them the four residents were accounted for.

“Because this home is on an acreage, the blaze was contained to the one home,” he said, adding a black tornado of smoke and flames engulfed the roof of the home located just outside Saddleridge.

With help of rural firefighters, crews entered through the front door, but were forced out as the main floor gave away.

When they attempted to enter through the back door, they discovered the floor had been burnt through.

Due to the lack of fire hydrants in the area, rural tanker trucks had to continuously bring water to the scene to fight the fire at 2:30 p.m.

“Unfortunately because of the lack of a prompt water supply, the home was totally destroyed by fire,” Budai said.

Crews are still investigating the cause of the fire and the damage amount. Budai said more than 50 firefighters attended the scene with 25 pieces of equipment.

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