June 17, 2016/ Woodside Structure Fire / AFD Response Details
June 18, 2016
AIRDRIE, ALBERTA – On Friday, June 17, 2016 at 6:59 PM the Airdrie Fire Department responded to the report of a structure fire located in the #1900 Block Woodside Boulevard NW.
Upon arrival, fire crews found a large, two-story residential home fully engulfed in fire. The extreme heat and flames quickly ignited a second adjacent home. Firefighters were able to determine that all residents had safely escaped to the street prior to their arrival.
Due to the size and severity of the fire a second alarm was raised requesting the attendance of additional apparatus and manpower to the scene including crews from Rocky View County and Crossfield fire departments.
After a water supply was secured, an exterior or defensive fire attack was initiated with large amounts of water being applied through elevated master streams and handheld hose lines. To ensure the safety of responding crews utilities, including gas and power, were shut off in the area.
As a precaution, 26 other homes in close proximity of the fire scene were evacuated. The City of Airdrie established a temporary reception centre at Genesis Place to house people who were displaced. Airdrie Victims Assistance Society also set up a registration desk at Genesis Place.
After approximately two hours, the fire was brought under control. Crews remained on scene until early Saturday morning completing salvage and overhaul work to ensure that the fire was fully extinguished.
Two homes were completely destroyed while two others suffered extensive interior and exterior damage.
Seven pieces of fire apparatus and twenty-three firefighters attended the incident. One Airdrie firefighter suffered a minor injury. The cause of the fire remains under investigation by Fire Prevention Bureau investigators.
PLEASE NOTE: All residents can return to their homes this morning, except for 2003, 1999, 1995 and 1991 Woodside Blvd.
Deputy Chief Garth Rabel