Wednesday, July 9, 2014 - Fire pit incident - AFD response details
Thursday, July 10, 2014/ For Immediate Release
AIRDRIE, ALBERTA – On Wednesday, July 9, at 8:58 p.m., the Airdrie Fire Department responded to the report of a structure fire located at #6 Southcreek Place SE.
On arrival fire crews found a 10x10 garden shed, located in the rear of the residence, fully involved in flames. Brisk winds blowing at the time of the incident served to fan the flames putting nearby exposures at risk. Firefighters quickly extinguished the fire before further damage to adjacent homes could occur.
The fire completely destroyed the shed and contents. It also damaged a portion of nearby fence and shrubbery. Intense radiant heat from the blaze significantly damaged vinyl siding on an exterior wall of the home.
Crews removed vinyl siding from the exposed wall to ensure that fire had not extended into the home. Interior air quality was also monitored before residents were allowed to return.
The AFD Fire Investigator has determined the cause of the fire as improper extinguishment of a fire in a non-compliant fire pit.
Damage has been estimated at $8,000.
There were no injuries to report.
Five pieces of AFD apparatus and 13 firefighters were on scene.
The Airdrie Fire Department reminds all residents to practice safety when enjoying backyard fire pits. All required regulations for fire pits must be followed to ensure compliancy. Information for fire pit regulations can be found at airdrie.ca.
Deputy Chief Garth Rabel