12 Aug 2022

Longford couple escape Canadian wildfire

Longford couple escape Canadian wildfire

A County Longford couple have witnessed firsthand the devastation caused by the forest fires currently blazing across the Canadian state of Alberta.

Donna Rowley, who is originally from the townland of Crieve, and her husband Aidan Murphy, a native of Edgeworthstown, live and work in Fort McMurray and were among 88,000 residents who were ordered to evacuate the city last week as a wildfire threatened to engulf it.

“It felt like a scene from a movie with everyone trying to evacuate the city: vehicles, police everywhere, people travelling the wrong way down the highway,” Ms Rowley revealed.

“From the pictures you will see how close to the road it was. Coming to the south end of the city a hotel was starting to smoke, heavy equipment on fire, cars on the sides of the roads - ran out of fuel.

“It was Aidan's last day on the site as we are heading home to Ireland to spend time with family and friends. It was surreal what was happening.”

For more on this story, see this week's Longford Leader.

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