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June 26, 2020/ Structure Fire / AFD Response Details

AIRDRIE, ALBERTA – On Friday, June 26, 2020 at 9:13 a.m., the Airdrie Fire Department responded to the report of a fire alarm activated in a multi-storey residential structure located in the 100 block of Mackenzie Way SW.

Upon arrival, fire crews found that a partial evacuation had taken place and those residents and their pets had safely gathered in the building’s parking lot.

When firefighters entered the four-storey apartment building they found a small fire burning on an exterior deck of a second-storey apartment. The blaze was being held in check by the residential fire sprinkler system.

Firefighters would extinguish what remained of the fire and then check the apartments located above, below and adjacent to the fire scene to ensure that they had not been damaged.

Due to the timely activation and of the exterior fire sprinkler system, damage was limited to the exterior deck of the apartment of origin.

Four pieces of fire apparatus and thirteen firefighters were on scene. There were no injuries reported.

The Fire Prevention Bureau has determined the cause of the fire to be ignition of combustible materials which were stored to close to the barbeque.

Damage is estimated to be $2000.

Public Safety Message: The Airdrie Fire Department reminds the public to remain safe and attentive when using a barbeque. Ensure that the barbeque is located in a well-ventilated area and a safe distance from combustible materials, windows and doors. Never leave a lit grill unattended. Barbeques should be cleaned and maintained on a regular basis.

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Media contact:
Deputy Chief Garth Rabel
403.948.8800 ext. 7612