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Firepit sparked Sylvan Lake blaze

PostPosted: Sun Jun 13, 2010 6:42 pm
by Wilberforce
Firepit sparked Sylvan Lake blaze

Strong winds carried embers to houses

edmontonjournal.com June 12, 2010

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A massive fire in Sylvan Lake destroyed four houses on May 18, 2010, and damaged several more.
Photograph by: Steve Dills, Sylvan Lake New, edmontonjournal.com

EDMONTON — A May 18 blaze in Sylvan Lake that destroyed four houses and left 14 people homeless was started by sparks from a backyard firepit at one of the homes, an investigation has found.

Sylvan Lake Fire Chief Cliff Brausen issued a statement Friday that said the fire began when sparks spread from a firepit on the deck of one of the burnt homes.

"It is believed that embers in a freestanding firepit were carried by high winds and ignited nearby combustibles," Brausen said.

About 35 volunteer firefighters from Sylvan Lake and six from Red Deer fought the flames.

Eight other homes were damaged by the fire. Damage is estimated at $3 million.
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Re: Firepit sparked Sylvan Lake blaze

PostPosted: Sun Jun 13, 2010 6:42 pm
by Wilberforce
Fire pit likely caused Sylvan Lake inferno

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A fire that destroyed four homes in Sylvan Lake on May 18 was caused by embers from a fire pit,
Sylvan Lake fire chief Cliff Brausen said Friday in a news release.
by JEFF STOKOE/Advocate staff

Published: June 11, 2010 12:06 PM
Updated: June 11, 2010 12:15 PM

A fire that destroyed four homes in Sylvan Lake on May 18 was caused by embers from a fire pit, Sylvan Lake fire chief Cliff Brausen said Friday in a news release.

The investigation, conducted by Brausen with assistance from Alberta Emergency Management Agency staff, concluded that the fire originated in the rear of one of the houses in the area of an attached deck. It’s believed that embers in a free-standing fire pit were carried by high winds and ignited nearby combustibles, says the release.

Brausen credited area residents with providing valuable assistance in the investigation and that “a number of people came forward and provided photos and other information.”

Fourteen people were left homeless by the blaze on Wildrose Drive, and a number of other houses were damaged.