Fire destroys apartment building in Stony Plain
An early-evening fire on Thursday, May 9 destroyed 36 units in a Stony Plain apartment building, displacing 50 residents and at least five pets. Approximately 60 firefighting personnel from the Town of Stony Plain, the City of Spruce Grove and Parkland County battled the large structural fire for several hours. One person and several pets were rescued; however, no injuries or fatalities have been reported.
Crews were dispatched to Sonora Apartments, located at 4501-A Golf Course Rd., at approximately 6:45 p.m. One of the two three-story, multi-unit buildings was on fire. When firefighters arrived, the blaze was rapidly spreading eastward, due to high winds. Within minutes, the fire had consumed most of the building and was not under-control until later in the evening.
Residents from both buildings were evacuated, and Golf Course Rd. was closed in both directions for more than four hours. Residents from Building ‘A’ were allowed to return home later in the evening, while those from Building ‘B’ – the complex that burned – were left homeless. A reception centre was set up at the nearby public golf course clubhouse for approximately 20 people, where they were fed, attended to and registered with Stony Plain and District Victim Services. Lodging at local hotels was arranged for these residents; others stayed with family or friends.
“We are all saddened by this unfortunate incident, and our thoughts go out to all those impacted,” says William Choy, mayor of Stony Plain. “The outpouring of support from our residents for the victims has been amazing and is greatly appreciated. It’s times like this when we see how our community bands together.”
Choy also praised the quick response and heroic efforts of the firefighters.
“Once again, our community can be proud of the work our volunteer firefighters performed,” he adds. “The courage, selflessness, humility and commitment of these men and women does not go unnoticed. We also thank our regional partners for providing manpower, resources and support.”
A donation centre has been set up at the local Royal Canadian Legion (4902 – 44 Ave.) to help the victims. Bedding, clothing and toiletries will be accepted until Noon on Friday, May 10.
Firefighting crews will work throughout the night to ensure the fire is completely extinguished and to commence mop-up. The cause of the fire, which is believed to have started on the exterior of the building, is not known and is under investigation. The total estimated monetary loss is also not yet confirmed.
About the Stony Plain Fire Department
The Town of Stony Plain Fire Department provides residents of Stony Plain and District 3 within Parkland County with fire suppression and rescue services. The Department is comprised of three full-time staff and a contingent of more than 40 volunteer firefighters.
The Town of Stony Plain is committed to developing and maintaining a community focused on creatively meeting the needs of residents, through the promotion of equality, well-being, safety, citizen participation and involvement. Social Equity is one of the four core values of the Community Sustainability Plan, which guides the Town in its decision-making and actions.