Scorching flames left patches of land and property around Edmonton smouldering and charred over the weekend, after accidental infernos and arsonists painted the city in a bright orange glow.
Nearly a dozen separate fires were reported in and around Edmonton over the weekend, half of which are believed to be the calling card of arsonists.
The first, and costliest, blaze of the weekend was at a north side scrap yard, where it’s believed that someone set 200 cars ablaze.
“When fire crews got there, they had to force their way into the compound,” said Fire Services spokeswoman Melanie Mochoruk, adding the fire was put under control shortly after midnight Friday.
Damages are estimated at $40,000. The owner of Eskimo Auto Parts was uninsured.
Emergency crews in St. Albert rushed to the scene of another intentionally sparked blaze just after midnight Saturday, when a storage trailer behind a Superstore went up in flames. Damages have not been pegged, but arson investigators are examining the scene.
Crews rushed to a single-family home at 3617 42A Avenue late Saturday night, and doused a small fire. All inside the home escaped unharmed.
At least one person is homeless after a spark on a mattress sent fire ripping through an apartment suite at 127 Street and 131 Avenue early yesterday morning.
Crews were also kept busy through the course of the weekend, dousing flames of a number of grass fires, recycling and garbage bins.
Miraculously, no injuries were reported in any of the blazes.