Mike Holmes, Canadian Contractor And HGTV Star, Arrives In Fort McMurray

HGTV guru Mike Holmes brought decades worth of contracting experience and a team of his own to Fort McMurray on Friday as the northern Alberta town contemplates rebuilding after the devastating fires in May.

After meeting fans and taking photos with them at the airport, Holmes visited the Beacon Hill area. He went to the home of a family whose company, “Vicky’s Homes”, is accredited by “Holmes Approved Homes”.

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That was the first time Todd Prudem, who grew up in Beacon Hill, and his family have seen their home since being forced out by a massive wildfire that ripped through the city May 3.

IN PHOTOS: Fort McMurray residents return home nearly 1 month after wildfire

As Prudem surveyed the damage, he looked through the piles of white ash in the hopes of finding any keepsake left behind.

More than 2,000 structures were destroyed during the Fort McMurray wildfire and forced the evacuation of approximately 80,000 people. Some were out of their homes nearly a month before the first phase of residents were allowed back into the community.

Holmes fielded a number of questions while in Beacon Hill Friday, with the most common related to safe timelines for rebuilding, contamination and differentiating good contractors from bad.

READ MORE: RCMP say Fort McMurray wildfire likely ‘result of human activity,’ investigate if blaze was criminal

Holmes is set to hold a free information session at 3 p.m. Friday at Shell Place.

Part of Holmes’ plan while in Fort McMurray is to meet with local officials and learn more about the rebuilding efforts.

“The Alberta wildfires have left thousands of people without homes and I am proud that my team is helping to Make It Right,” Holmes said in a post on Twitter last week.

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