Abandoned garage fire deemed suspicious, Airdrie fire department
Investigators have deemed a March 6 garage fire that took place in the city “suspicious.”
Twelve firefighters and four apparatus responded to the fire, which broke out in an abandoned detached garage, located at 513 Centre Avenue, beside Dairy Queen restaurant, at around 7:30 p.m.
Upon arrival, members of the Airdrie Fire Department found the building at the back of the house, which is vacant, fully involved with fire and smoke.
The firefighters initiated a defensive attack, while providing protection to nearby structures, confining the fire to the garage and bringing it under control in about 20 minutes, according to Airdrie Fire Department’s Deputy Chief Garth Rabel.
“Definitely someone caused it,” said Rabel of the fire, adding the uninsured garage was full of debris.
“Crews did a great job and knocked it out really quickly.”
No one was injured in the fire, and damages are estimated at nil as the garage was in a dilapidated condition.
Rabel reminds residents to contact authorities if they see suspicious activity in their neighbourhood.
A 16 year old was charged with speeding after Airdrie Integrated Traffic Unit officers clocked him driving a truck 172 kilometres per hour, March 5. The incident took place around 11:15 p.m. on Highway 581 near Carstairs.
The teen was driving a silver Dodge Ram and was travelling in a 100-kilometre-per-hour zone. He will appear in Airdrie Provincial Court on May 7.
Officers remind readers that driving even a few kilometres per hour over the posted speed limit reduces the ability to steer safely around curves or objects on the road; decreases the field of vision and peripheral vision; results in longer distances required to stop; and increases the risk and severity of injuries sustained in a collision.
If you have information on any crime, contact Airdrie RCMP at 403-945-7200 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS(8477) or www.crimestoppers.ca