Sommerville Springs Fire

Posted On Thursday June 21, 2018
Update #2: June 22, 2018 — 8:00 AM

The preliminary investigation has indicated the cause of the Sommerville Springs fire could be suspicious. The Stony Plain RCMP have brought in a private fire investigator. The Stony Plain Fire Department continues to support the RCMP in this ongoing investigation.

Update #1: June 21, 2018 — 11:10 AM

The Town of Stony Plain Fire Department is expected to be on the scene of the Sommerville Springs fire for the remainder of the day extinguishing hot spots. The Stony Plain Fire Department and RCMP are currently conducting a joint investigation into the cause of the fire. Further updates will be provided as more information becomes available.

June 21, 2018 — 9:40 AM

A fire investigation is now underway after the Town of Stony Plain Fire Department responded to a fire last night at the Sommerville Springs development that destroyed an estimated 16 townhouses. Crews were notified at 11:33 PM Wednesday night and the fire was under control by 1:00 AM Thursday morning.

Fire Chief Trevor Mistal says, “I arrived on the scene five minutes after the call. Multiple structures were already engulfed upon my arrival. There was limited access to the site and there was no available firefighting water.”

Fire trucks stationed in an adjacent neighbourhood, Woodlands, along Garden Valley Drive, worked to extinguish embers. Additional fire apparatus were called upon from both Spruce Grove and Parkland County. Tankers were used to truck in water to help extinguish the fire.

In the townhouses that were destroyed, only a few had drywall installed, most were framed and unprotected. Another row of townhouses, also in Sommerville Springs, do have varying degrees of damage from radiant heat. Approximately 14 other townhouses sustained damage.

Mistal goes on to say, “This was a defensive fire. Due to it rapidly moving, safety hazards around the site, and the extreme heat and huge fire load, our priority was to prevent any injuries and to ensure no damage to other buildings or property outside of the Sommerville Springs development.”

Town Manager Tom Goulden says, “The Town has been frustrated with the development and the developers of this site. Our efforts to mitigate risk and work through the court system to resolve the problems with this area are still ongoing. This situation just adds to the list of grievances we have.” Goulden goes on to say, “We commend the efforts of our Fire Department, protecting their own lives and surrounding buildings was the right call under the circumstances.”

Sommerville fire nightThe last building collapsed 1hr and 20 minutes after crews arrived. There were no injuries and no damage to buildings or property outside of Sommerville Springs development.

Fire crews conducted fire watch through the night. Golf Course Road was closed to the public and has since re-opened. The cause of the fire is under investigation.