Alberta briefs – November 22

Residents of about 25 apartment units in northeast Calgary had to leave their homes after two explosive devices detonated in a parking lot between two buildings.


Calgary residents evacuated after two explosions

CALGARY — Residents of about 25 apartment units in northeast Calgary had to leave their homes after two explosive devices detonated in a parking lot between two buildings.

Police say they were called to reports of what sounded like gunshots just after 7 a.m. and found the first exploded device.

Residents of suites facing the parking lot were told to leave their homes as a precaution, while officers sweeping the area discovered a second device, which had also exploded.

Duty Insp. Frank Reuser says the devices were found near a particular suite and police believe the people inside may have been targets in this incident. A vehicle was slightly damaged in the incident.

Two killed in garage fire

CALGARY — The arson unit is investigating after two people were killed in a garage fire in Calgary.

Fire crews were called to the home Friday night and found a vehicle in the garage up on jacks, leading investigators to believe the two victims may have been working on the car.

Department spokesman Jeff Budai said initial indications suggest the fire was not deliberately set but the arson squad was brought in as the department wants to err on the side of caution.

Paul Gozdawa-Boczkowski, who lives across the alley from where the fire broke out, said he heard popping noises before seeing the flames on the outside of the garage.

His sister Saz said she heard what sounded like a small explosion coming from the garage earlier in the evening.

Genders and ages of the victims have not been released.

Four die in car crash

NANTON — Only a child found strapped in its car seat survived a horrific head-on crash which killed four adults Saturday afternoon about 75 km south of Calgary.

Two small cars were driving in opposite directions around noon when one lost control, leading to the deadly collision, said RCMP Cpl. A.J. Mand.

A northbound car came around a corner along the Queen Elizabeth II Highway about two kilometres north of Nanton, veered into the grassy centre median and collided with a southbound vehicle. Three people in the northbound car died while an adult in the southbound car also did not survive. All were pronounced dead at the scene. The child was airlifted by air ambulance to Calgary for treatment.

He estimated the victims are aged 20 to 30. Their names and genders have not been released.

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