On July 11, 2017, 35 Lethbridge firefighters from four stations responded to a fire at The Gardens at West Highlands on the 2600 block of Garry Drive West.
Approximately 140 people evacuated the 114 unit building and 70 individuals were assessed on scene by paramedics and released. There are no known injuries and all residents and pets are accounted for.
The origin is suspected to be on the third floor and an investigation is ongoing at this time. The fire was contained to the northeast portion of building with severe damage to this area. There is no estimate yet on dollar loss.
Firefighters took an immediate offensive attack and did an incredible job containing this fire to only one section of this building.
The City of Lethbridge and Lethbridge Fire Department are now working closely with Red Cross, AHS, Seasons Retirement Communities and a restoration company with a structural engineer on next steps for safe re-entry for residents of the building so they can retrieve some personal belongings. There was extensive water, fire and smoke damage to the building so this can only happen when it is declared safe to do so.
Red Cross will be calling each resident of the building this morning with updates and next steps.
Media can contact Seasons Retirement Communities for information about The Gardens at West Highlands complex.
Manager of Communications
Seasons Retirement Communities
Fire Prevention Officer
Lethbridge Fire Department
July 11, 2017 - Lethbridge firefighters are responding to a fire at an apartment complex on Garry Drive West. Residents have been evacuated and are being sheltered at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints located next door.
The fire is currently being held but crews are expected to be on scene for several hours. Residents are asked to please avoid the area if possible.
Red Cross is setting up at the church to assist evacuees. Those looking for loved ones are asked to go to the church at 560 Highlands Blvd West.