May 15, 2019/ Carbon Monoxide incident / AFD Response Details
AIRDRIE, ALBERTA – On Wed., May 15, 2019 at 7:22 p.m. the Airdrie Fire Department (AFD) responded to the report of a possible carbon monoxide (CO) incident located in the 2000 Block of 4 Kingsland Close SE.
When emergency crews arrived on scene they found that residents had evacuated their three-storey, multi-family, apartment complex.
Firefighters completed interior air quality testing and found elevated levels of CO on all floors. The buildings fire alarm system was activated to assist with completing a timely evacuation of remaining residents.
RCMP officers and Victim Services personnel gathered displaced residents into temporary shelter located in the lobby of an adjacent building.
AFD worked closely with ATCO and the building’s maintenance staff to determine the possible source of the CO. After a thorough investigation it was determined that one the buildings two boilers had malfunctioned causing the release of dangerous CO.
Once the problem was isolated and controlled, firefighters went floor to floor clearing the common spaces and individual apartments of residual CO.
Approximately three hours after the incident began, final air quality readings were taken and the building was deemed safe. Residents were then allowed to return to their homes.
There were no injuries. Five pieces of apparatus and thirteen firefighters were on scene.
IMPORTANT PUBLIC SAFETY MESSAGE
The Airdrie Fire Department reminds the public that CO detectors save lives!
Additional carbon monoxide safety information is located at:
Deputy Chief Garth Rabel
403.948.8800 ext. 7612