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July 6, 2011
No one was upstairs when a fire gutted this kitchen as well as a laundry room and entry area but a man in the basement was rescued from the Provost house fire. Story in this paper. ©Provost News Photo.
Man Pulled From Burning House: ‘It was Pretty Traumatic’
A man escaped with a cracked rib after a house caught fire in Provost on Sunday afternoon, June 19 between 5:30 and 6 p.m.

The owner of the house, Grace Stuckky was visiting a neighbour down the street when the house caught fire and was discovered first by 49 year old Ralph Stables who rents a basement from his mother.

Stables told The News in an interview that this is “something that I wouldn’t wish on my worst enemy.”

He “just had sweats on, watching TV” when he was in the basement and heard a plate hit the floor above so thought at first that his mom was home.
“Then I heard more hitting the floor and went up the stairs to see what was going on. I touched the door and knew it was warm so pushed the door open and found a back-lash of smoke and fire coming towards me. I couldn’t even see the door to get out, so immediately ran downstairs.” He said that he doesn’t pray a lot but did pray “Dear God please work (referring to his phone while calling 911).” He told the operator that he needed a fire truck and gave the address “and then I started to panic. The operator told me to calm down. I told her I had to get out and then she realized I was still in the home.”

All the smoke was contained to the upstairs at that time and because it was not hot in the basement Stables had no prior indication of what had been going on. He was later not sure if his mother was upstairs.

Meanwhile Kevin Bertram was driving past the house at 5512-49 Street and saw the house on fire so pulled over next door to the neighbours (Chris and Trina Kohlman) and pounded on the door. Al Dorman was having supper there and he and Bertram went outside to see Stables’s hands inside the basement window. Stables at first tried to get out but because there was a bench outside in the way he tried to push it—but fell backwards into the basement. The pair saw the trapped man’s hands come up again and they moved the bench (or table), grabbed him and pulled him through the window opening.

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