Hot, dry conditions hamper fight against industrial park blaze

Thick smoke billowed into the air as fire crews battled a three-alarm blaze in an industrial area in east Edmonton.

EDMONTON — Thick smoke billowed into the air as fire crews battled a three-alarm blaze in an industrial area in east Edmonton.

An employee at Building Products of Canada called emergency crews after the fire broke out around noon on Sunday. Fire crews not only had to battle hot and dry conditions, but since the plant makes shingles out of recycled materials there was also a lot of fuel for the blaze.

Fire department spokeswoman Melanie Mochoruk says the blaze also sparked a few small grass fires.

Hundreds of firefighters and 34 units were on scene to battle the blaze. EMS teams were called in to monitor the health of firefighters and provide whatever treatment necessary.

“The key to days like this is to keep them hydrated, to keep the crews rotating in, get fresh crews in when we can,” said Mochoruk.

Fire officials say there is no danger to residents in the area since the fire is away from the main road and has been contained.

Hazardous material units were called in to monitor the scene, but according to environmental officials there is no danger to public health.

No injuries have been reported.

Just Posted

One strong wind leaves years of replanting work for Red Deer parks staff

High visibility boulevards already replanted, neighbourhood work starts next year

Red Deer-area indigenous filmmakers invited to apply for $20,000 grant

Storyhive launches Indigenous Storyteller Edition

Restaurant closed after compliance team patrol

Public Safety Compliance Team checked eight bars and restaurants on Oct. 19

Red Deerians await local cannabis stores

So far 31 stores in Alberta awarded licence to operate

Rimbey RCMP seek missing man with health concerns

Has anyone seen Bill Harris of Ponka County?

WATCH: Make-A-Wish grants Star Wars loving teen’s wish

The Make-A-Wish Foundation granted Anakin Suerink’s wish in Red Deer Saturday afternoon

Local Sports: Rudy Soffo valuable to Kings on the court

When Rudy Soffo first saw the RDC basketball Kings roster he was… Continue reading

Except for 1 kick, Saints, Ravens are evenly matched

BALTIMORE — In a matchup between the league’s highest-scoring offence and top-ranked… Continue reading

Julia Louis-Dreyfus gets a top award for comedy

WASHINGTON — After a 35-year acting career and with two iconic television… Continue reading

Ricky Skaggs, Dottie West enter Country Music Hall of Fame

NASHVILLE — Bluegrass and country star Ricky Skaggs, singer Dottie West and… Continue reading

AP Exclusive: Stephen Hawking’s wheelchair, thesis for sale

LONDON — Stephen Hawking was a cosmic visionary, a figure of inspiration… Continue reading

Canada deemed U.S. a safe country for asylum seekers after internal review

OTTAWA — Canadian immigration officials have determined that the United States remains… Continue reading

Bombardier sues Mitsubishi over alleged theft of aircraft trade secrets

MONTREAL — Bombardier is suing Mitsubishi Aircraft in the United States over… Continue reading

Three strong earthquakes reported in Pacific Ocean off Vancouver Island

Three relatively strong earthquakes were recorded Sunday night in the Pacific Ocean… Continue reading

Most Read