January 4, 2015- Vehicle Fire - AFD Response Details

January 5, 2015/ For Immediate Release

AIRDRIE, ALBERTA – On Sunday, January 4, 2015 at 7:13 a.m. the Airdrie Fire Department responded to the report of a vehicle fire located on Thornleigh Way SE.

On arrival fire crews reported that a truck was on fire in front of the residence and that the blaze had extended into the attic space of the attached garage. Due to the exposure risk the incident was upgraded to a structure fire which immediately attached additional apparatus and manpower.

The home owner initially detected a burning odour coming from outside and when he went to investigate he found a fire burning in the engine compartment of his truck. He quickly evacuated his family and a dog from the house without incident.

Firefighters were able to quickly extinguish the fire with a rapid and effective attack which limited further extension and possible damage to the garage. During the overhaul process a thermal imaging camera was used to ensure that the fire had not spread into the attic space.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation by the Fire Prevention Bureau. Damage has been estimated at $60,000 to the vehicle and structure.

Four pieces of apparatus and twelve firefighters were on scene.

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