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Neighbouring homes evacuated as fire guts Lawrence Park house

Last Updated Feb 18, 2016 at 8:35 am EDT

Neighbouring homes had to be evacuated after a house in Lawrence Park was destroyed in a fire on Thursday morning.

The fire began on Stibbard Avenue, near Mount Pleasant and Blythwood roads, around 4:20 a.m.

At least 18 trucks were sent to the three-alarm blaze.

Because of the cold – it was -12 C on Thursday without the wind chill – firefighters used foam, not water, to battle the flames.

The home was under construction and no one was there at the time. No injuries have been reported.

The cause of the blaze is not yet known.

The cost of the damage is estimated at more than $1 million. The neighbouring homes were evacuated only as a precaution.

A home in Lawrence Park was destroyed in a fire on Feb. 18, 2016. CITYNEWS/Bertram Dandy.
A home in Lawrence Park was destroyed in a fire on Feb. 18, 2016. CITYNEWS/Bertram Dandy.
A home in Lawrence Park was destroyed in a fire on Feb. 18, 2016. CITYNEWS/Bertram Dandy.
A home in Lawrence Park was destroyed in a fire on Feb. 18, 2016. CITYNEWS/Bertram Dandy.
A home in Lawrence Park was destroyed in a fire on Feb. 18, 2016. CITYNEWS/Bertram Dandy.
A home in Lawrence Park was destroyed in a fire on Feb. 18, 2016. CITYNEWS/Bertram Dandy.