March 23, 2014 - Structure fire - AFD response details
March 24, 2014 / For Immediate Release
AIRDRIE, ALBERTA – At 03:48 hours (3:48 a.m.) the Airdrie Fire Department responded to the report of a possible rural structure fire located at Highway #2 and Range Road #264.
On arrival at the scene, which was approximately two kilometres south of the City of Airdrie and east of Highway #2, crews found a working fire in an old and abandoned two-story farm house. In order to ensure the safety of firefighters on scene the decision was made to battle the blaze defensively from the exterior.
There were no fire hydrants in the immediate area forcing firefighters to shuttle water to the scene with multiple Water Tender apparatus. Assistance with this task was provided from both Crossfield and Rocky View County Fire Services.
Fire crews ensured that no other buildings on the property were exposed or damaged by the blaze. The structure involved was severely damaged and will now have to be completely demolished.
There were no injuries to report.
Cause of the fire has been determined to be suspicious in nature and is currently being investigated by the Airdrie Fire Prevention Bureau and the RCMP.
Five pieces of apparatus and 14 firefighters from Airdrie, Crossfield and Rocky View County were on scene.
Deputy Chief Garth Rabel