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Crews rescue man from early morning house fire

One person was trapped in an early morning fire west of the town of Sexsmith. Fire crews from both Clairmont and Sexsmith were called out around 5 a.m. Thursday.

County fire says they were told by the man that “it was the sound of the fire that woke him as there were no working fire alarms in the home.”

Acting Fire Chief Bart Johnson says a working smoke detector is key.

“Please ensure your fire alarms are tested monthly and change their batteries twice a year. This rescue was a great team effort with dispatch guiding the occupant to a place we could reach him.”

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The man stayed on the line with a dispatcher as crews arrive. He was told to keep the door closed and stay near the window of the room he was in. He was reached by the ladder truck and treated for minor smoke inhalation at the scene.

Crews were able to get the fire under control and search the home.

The cause of the fire is undetermined and currently under investigation.

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