Update from Penhold Fire Chief Jim Pendergast: Feb 13th, 4:00pm. 

The fire started in unit 20 a 1975 manufactured home and spread to unit 21 a 1974 manufactured home.
There was no natural gas service to the originating unit, there were several portable open flame heaters in that unit of which at least one was in operation at the time of the origin, and was most likely the cause of the fire.
Building and fire codes were not as stringent at the time the units were built as they are now and that and the close proximity contributed to the rapid fire spread.
Both units had been renovated many times over the years which created many voids and dead spaces hampering the ability of firefighters to reach some of the deep seated hot spots.
Both units are a total loss. Unfortunately neither owners had insurance at the time of the fire. There were 2 adults and a dog living in each unit.
The occupants of the originating unit were outside at the time and noticed heavy smoke coming from the front door.
None of the occupants and pets were injured. The injured firefighter is home and is expected to return to work in a full capacity next week.
Penhold Firefighters wish to express our sympathy to both home owners in the tragic loss of the homes. 
We also wish to thank Innisfail’s Firefighters for their great assistance and Guardian EMS for remaining on scene providing monitoring and rehabilitation to our firefighters.
Penhold is such a great community and many businesses and citizens provided us with refreshments throughout the night. 


Earlier Story: 

Fire destroyed two mobile homes in Penhold late yesterday afternoon (Feb 12th).

Penhold Fire crews were dispatched shortly after 4 pm to the Penhold Estates mobile home park, Fire Chief Jim Pendergast says they arrived to find both units fully involved.

No one was hurt and crews worked hard to ensure the fire did not spread further to several adjacent units.

Innisfail Fire Department also assisted at the scene.

A Penhold firefighter fell during the response, and suffered a torn muscle and was taken to hospital for treatment.

Pendergast says there is no damage estimate at this time, investigation into a cause will continue today.

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(photo's courtesy of Penhold Fire Department)

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