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Red Deer townhouse fire started in bedroom

Red Deer EMS still investigating
Fire crews responded to a blaze in an apartment building on Ross Street near 46 Avenue on Wednesday afternoon. The City of Red Deer reported that no injuries were reported as a result of the fire. (Photo by BYRON HACKETT/Advocate Staff)

The fire that broke out in a downtown townhouse late Wednesday afternoon started in a bedroom, says Red Deer Emergency Services.

Acting deputy chief Jon Evans said the exact cause has not been determined, and the investigation continues.

The fire started at about 4:30 p.m. and was quickly contained to the second floor of the two-storey unit at the eight-unit building, located at 4611 Ross Street.

Firefighters remained on scene looking for hot spots, and traffic was diverted around the area.

Red Deer EMS were alerted to the fire by someone driving by on Ross Street who saw smoking billowing out of a window.


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Two people were in the unit at the time of the fire, including the female tenant. No one was injured. About 10 or 15 people were in the building at the time. Each unit has a separate entrance.

“All other occupants were able to return once air quality monitoring was sufficient,” Evans said.

The bedroom and its contents were damaged by fire, along with part the unit’s second floor. For now, the unit is uninhabitable.

He said the tenant did not have insurance.

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