Lethbridge Fire and Emergency Services responded to two separate incidents over the last week and have completed investigations into each fire.
At approximately 3:30 a.m. on Sunday, August 4, 911 calls were received reporting a fire in the 2600 block of 2 Avenue North.
Seventeen fire fighters from three stations responded and upon arrival, an addition at the rear of the building was found fully engulfed in flames. The fire was extinguished in approximately two hours.
There were no injuries reported but two neighbouring businesses were affected by the fire. The total damages are estimated at $400,000.
Fire investigators have been working hard to determine the cause of the fire but were challenged with the extent of damage to the building and materials inside. At this time, the cause of the fire is classified as undetermined.
Businesses are reminded to ensure that combustible products stored inside and around buildings are kept to a minimum and that aisle widths of at least one metre are maintained to minimize risk in the case of a fire. Anyone who witnessed or has information about this fire is asked to call the Fire Prevention Bureau at (403) 320-3811.
On the morning of August 8, a 911 caller reported smoke and visible flames coming from the balcony of an apartment located on the 300 block of Highlands Blvd. Twenty-three fighters from four stations responded to the four story structure and noticed light smoke coming from an apartment balcony. Firefighters were able to quickly extinguishing the fire with minimal damage.
Investigators have determined the fire to be accidental due to the improper disposal of a cigarette. The home owner was not a smoker and the cigarette may have originated from another unit. Lethbridge Fire and Emergency Services would like to remind citizens that when extinguishing smoking materials, ensure it is always disposed of properly, in a non-combustible container filled with sand or water.
Chief Fire Marshal