Towerlane apartment fire suspected arson

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Airdrie RCMP is investigating a number of small fires set in the 500 block of Towerlane July 26, which are believed to be arson, according to Airdrie RCMP Cpl. Glenn Odishaw.

“The investigation is ongoing and we are hoping to speak to anyone with any information about the three suspects involved or believed to be involved in this incident,” he said.

According to Odishaw, three men were seen leaving the building, but it’s unclear if they have any connection to the fires.

Deputy Fire Chief Garth Rabel said crews were dispatched to the scene at approximately 10:18 p.m.

“When crews arrived, they found many residents had already evacuated to the outside of the building,” he said. “It’s a three-story multi-family apartment building and there was smoke on the interior.

“There was fire incidents throughout the building and that’s what our crews dealt with. Any actual fire had been extinguished by residents within the building. Our teams went in, checked that everything was fine, evacuated those who still needed to be evacuated and then set to the task of getting the smoke out of the building and monitoring air quality.”

The building is under renovation, however tenants remain living in the building.

According to Rabel, the joint RCMP and Fire Prevention Bureau investigation determined quickly the fires were the result of arson.

“It was suspicious in nature – definitely suspicious when we got there,” he said. “We turned it over to the Fire Prevention Bureau. We also work with Airdrie and District Victims Assistance to ensure those residents were able to find a place to sleep for the night.”

Residents of the south end of the building were able to return to their suites later that same evening, according to Rabel, while residents of the rest of the building weren’t able to return until the following day.

The Crossfield Fire Department was called out for a brief time to help with the incident, Rabel said. Five pieces of fire apparatus and 13 firefighters were on scene and no injuries were reported. The scene was cleared just after midnight, according to Rabel.

Odishaw said anyone with any information is asked to contact Cons. Martin Tremblay at the Airdrie RCMP Detachment at 403-945-7200.

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