Dozens of residents forced from apartments after early morning fire in Edmonton – Edmonton

Edmonton firefighters say it may be weeks before residents of a walk-up building can return to their homes following an early morning fire that caused extensive damage to the second and third floors.

Edmonton Fire Services (EFRS) was called to the scene at 81st Avenue and 109th Street around 5:45 a.m. Saturday for reports of a vehicle fire.

The fire ignited a natural gas line and the flames quickly spread to the building.

“We had 24 firefighters there, the fire ignited a gas line burning part of the building, spreading to other parts of the complex; 29 people were inside at the time – they were all evacuated,” said District Chief Brian Mihailides.

No injuries were reported and the evacuated residents are now being cared for by the Red Cross.

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“Approximately 15 to 20 units are affected on one side of the building,” Mihailides added. “Firefighters were able to stop the fire from progressing towards the east side of the building thanks to a firebreak.”

Firefighters say the building suffered structural damage as a result of the fire. There is no word on the cause.

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