Fire officials are still investigating what caused an early
morning fire Thursday that gutted a commercial building on Whyte Avenue at 99
Tim Wilson, spokesperson for Edmonton Fire Rescue, said fire
crews had the blaze, which displaced several businesses and shut down part of
Whyte Avenue, under control in about five hours after combating it from all
Wilson said the blaze was hard to miss given the quantity
smoke billowing from the two-story building just after 3:30, when the fire was
discovered, to 6:30 Thursday morning.
Sue Kiernan of the Empress Ale House, which shares a wall
with the building, said she arrived this morning around 4:30 and the adjacent
complex was “really on fire.”
Kiernan, whose business was intact despite a window broken
by firefighters to access the blaze, said she would likely not open Thursday
due to the smoke still in the air.
She commended the firefighters’ efforts in the two-alarm
Causes and damages are not known to the building – home to
Lagano Skies Ethiopian Restaurant, Elegant U Beauty Spa, Do or Dye on Whyte and
a numbered real estate holding company. Firefighters were still on scene this morning.