Fire damages townhouse complex, destroys four homes
Responding to an incoming call of a fire at a townhouse complex in Sandstone Estates on Monday morning, local fire fighters gained access, located and extinguished the fire relatively quickly.
There were no injuries or fatalities.
"We thank our volunteer fire fighters for their quick response, which helped keep this fire from spreading further," says William Choy, mayor of Stony Plain. "I am always amazed by how our community responds to help those in need. Our thoughts are with all those affected by this unfortunate incident.
The Stony Plain Fire Department received the call about the fire at 8:11 a.m.; crews were dispatched two minutes later and enroute by 8:17 a.m. Nineteen volunteer fire fighters responded to the call, with the first members arriving at the scene at 8:19 a.m. Upon arrival, crews worked to control a fire burning between two rows of complexes.
"The fire was running up the sides of two outside units of two rows of condos," Dan Badry, Stony Plain Fire Chief, said. "Before fire fighters could deploy lines, (the fire) had spread quickly up into the attic of both units."
Four members from Spruce Grove Fire Services provided aerial ladder support, while nine fire fighters from Parkland County offered additional support in controlling and extinguishing the blaze.
"Crews worked diligently to get the fire under control within approximately 60 minutes, with no one injured,” Badry said. "They responded quickly and effectively and did an excellent job putting out the fire.”
The blaze engulfed and destroyed four units, and disrupted power in an additional 14, of the 28-unit complex. It could be between two days and two weeks before power is fully restored and residents can return to the homes that were not completely destroyed.
Damage caused by the fire is estimated to reach approximately $1 million.
Displaced residents transitioned to a local hotel, where they were provided with support from Victim Services. The Red Cross has taken over relief efforts, which it will provide for the first 72 hours. The Town's Family and Community Support Services (FCSS) Department is recruiting other social service organizations to help victims find temporary lodging and other services that may be needed for a longer time-period.
The cause of the fire is not yet known, although arson is not expected. The investigation continues.
Sandstone Estates is located on the north side of 44 Avenue, just east of 28 Street.
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Multi-complex fire in Stony Plain - Sept. 10, 2012