04/07/2016 05:46 EDT | Updated 04/08/2017 01:12 EDT

Fire and wind combine for destructive force in southern Alberta city

LETHBRIDGE, Alta. — A fire whipped along by a strong wind has destroyed three homes and damaged some others in southern Alberta.

The blaze got rolling last evening in a west Lethbridge residence and quickly spread to two neighbouring houses.

No one was hurt.

Dep. fire chief Dana Terry says despite the heat and smoke, crews managed to keep the flames from spreading even further.

Terry says the siding on houses across a back lane were buckled by the heat, while other homes in the block have smoke damage.

A total of 17 firefighters from three stations were involved in the battle. (CJOC)