Arson suspected in two of three Edmonton fires

Two families are left homeless just days before Christmas after a massive fire swept through a Leduc neighbourhood, reducing three homes to rubble.



Fire officials believe the fire started in a home under construction around 9 p.m. Friday evening and then spread to two other occupied homes next door.


Firefighters were called Snowbird Crescent in the west side of Leduc and when they arrived the houses were engulfed in flames.

Leduc fire officials told local newspapers they believe the fire was caused by a large propane heater in the home under construction.

Meanwhile, Edmonton police are calling two fires in the city on Thursday and Friday nights the works of arsonists.

On Thursday night just before midnight a fire destroyed a house on the 1500 block of Thorogood Close in Riverbend’s Terwillegar Towne. In that fire a 65-year-old man suffered first-degree burns. Damage is estimated at $900,000.

Police are also investigating a fire that starter early Friday morning after a Molotov Cocktail was thrown through a window of a home in the 67th Street and 2nd Avenue block.

Police have not determined if the two fires are connected and continue to investigate.

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  • Damages are estimated to be about $1.5 million dollars in the blaze that claimed the lives of two cats, however none of the homes’ residents were hurt.