Lethbridge Fire and Emergency Services responded to an apartment fire in the 800 block of 15 St. S. at approximately 8:15 this morning. All residents were quickly and safely evacuated and the fire was fully extinguished shortly after 9 a.m.
The fire, which originated in the basement mechanical room, caused smoke damage to the building's lower and main levels. Smoke remediation efforts are underway and all residents will be able to return to their homes when the air quality has normalized.
A total of four stations responded to the fire with 23 firefighters and two fire medic units.
Fire investigators have determined the fire was caused by a damaged extension cord at a work bench.
Jeff Marriott, Fire Prevention Officer
Lethbridge Fire and Emergency Services