DAWSON CREEK -- Firefighters from Dawson Creek and Pouce Coupe worked to knock down a large house fire Sunday morning on a remote street in South Dawson.

Crews responded to the call just before 10:00 a.m. for a fire burning on 227 Road where they found an elderly woman, the sole occupant, outside without injury.

Plumes of thick smoke filled the air as the blaze quickly grew to under the shingles, with Fire Chief Marcel Capelle describing the fire as stubborn and hard to put out.

With no fire hydrants available in the area, water had to be shuttled by tanker to the scene where it took the team of 19 five and a half hours to put out—Capelle describing the house as a “write-off.”

A total of five fire trucks from Dawson and one from Pouce Coupe were dispatched to assist on scene.

The Dawson Creek Fire Department says they appreciate the help of the on-call firefighters from Pouce Coupe for their assistance in extinguishing the fire.

No firefighters were injured in battling the flames, and an investigation is currently underway to determine the initial cause of the fire.