November 13, 2019/ Structure Fire/ AFD Response Details

AIRDRIE, ALBERTA –Wed., Nov. 13, 2019 at 6:10 p.m. the Airdrie Fire Department (AFD) responded to the report of a structure fire located in the 300 block of Williamstown Green NW.

When fire crews arrived they found a blaze burning on a deck located at the rear of a two-storey, single-family residence. All occupants home at the time of the incident safely evacuated to the street.

Firefighters determined that a propane fuelled barbeque was burning and that the fire had extended to the floor surface of a 10ft x 10ft wooden deck and adjacent safety hand railing.

They quickly applied water to cool the barbeque and hold the fire in check until the propane cylinder could be shut down, disconnected and removed from the fire scene.

They then used their thermal imaging camera to check the immediate area to ensure that the fire had not extended further. Damage was limited to the deck surface and adjacent safety railing.

The Fire Prevention Bureau has determined the cause of the fire to be a faulty barbeque. Preliminary damage has been estimated at $5000. There were no injuries to report. Five pieces of apparatus and fourteen firefighters were on scene.

Public Safety Message:
The public is reminded to ensure that all heating/cooking appliances receive regular maintenance and are in good working order. Provide adequate space on all sides of the barbeque and never place it close to structures or other combustibles. Barbeques should never be left unattended when in use.


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Deputy Chief Garth Rabel
403.948.8800 ext. 7612


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