Arson suspected in early Friday morning apartment fire

Arson is suspected in an apartment fire in downtown Red Deer early Friday morning.

Arson is suspected in an apartment fire in downtown Red Deer early Friday morning.

About 30 residents were evacuated from the apartment building at 5518 44th Ave. about 3:30 a.m. when the fire was discovered.

A tenant managed to put out the small blaze with a portable fire extinguisher. Firefighters removed burnt items and ventilated the apartment, as well as conducting a search of the building.

One person was taken to hospital as a precaution.

Fire damage was minimal and RCMP continue to investigate.