Backyard blaze causes an estimated $550,000 in damages


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A backyard blaze that originated inside a shed caused an estimated $550,000 in damages after it spread to the nearby home.

Edmonton firefighters arrived at a home near 72 Street and 81 Avenue just after 10:30 a.m. on Monday to a fully involved fire. Crews were able to bring it under control just after 1 p.m. and fully extinguish it by 3 p.m.

All residents in the home were able to get out safely and there were no reported injuries.

Fire investigators determined the fire started in a shed before spreading to nearby combustibles in the backyard. Strong winds caused the fire to extend to the house and deck. Fire officials say the blaze damaged the main and top floors. A neighbour’s house on the east of the shed received heat damage to the vinyl siding.

Edmonton Fire Services spokeswoman Brittany Lewchuk said the cause of the fire is undetermined.

Firefighters responded to a call about a garage fire spreading to a home near 72 Street and 81 Avenue around 10:40 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 24, 2020 in Edmonton. When crews arrived a few minutes later, two homes were fully involved in flames. Greg Southam/Postmedia
Firefighters responded to a call about a fire spreading to a home near 72 Street and 81 Avenue around 10:40 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 24, 2020 in Edmonton. Photo by Greg Southam /Postmedia

Second blaze causes $250,000 in damages

Meanwhile, fire investigators determined a barbecue caused the fire that damaged a Running Creek Lane home Monday afternoon.

Firefighters received a call about a large backyard structure fire near 9 Avenue and 111 Street around 1:40 p.m. Crews were able to keep the fire to one property and bring it under control just after 2 p.m. The fire was fully extinguished by 4 p.m.

Fire officials say everyone evacuated safety, however, one resident suffered partial burns in an attempt to put out the fire.

Investigators said an unattended barbecue ignited nearby combustible material on the backyard deck, which then spread to the home. The blaze is estimated to have caused $250,000 in damages.

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