Two home fires not considered suspicious

Fire crews worked through the night yesterday, battling two house fires on the city’s south side.

Fire crews worked through the night yesterday, battling two house fires on the city’s south side.

The first fire began in the bathroom of a vacant suite of a fourplex on 104 Street and 67 Avenue around 10 p.m.

Firefighters couldn’t see any visible signs of fire from the outside of the building when they arrived, but discovered smoke upon stepping inside.

They discovered the flames had crept into the walls, and battled the fire from the building’s interior.

Two of the four suites in the fourplex were occupied. The other two were undergoing renovations.

Nobody was injured in the blaze, and damages are estimated at around $400,000.

Emergency responders received word of the second fire around 6 a.m., from the owner of a home on Jefferson Road and Jackson Road.

“He’d been working a night shift. When he got off, he got home, opened the door to find his home full of smoke,” Edmonton Fire Services spokesman Tim Wilson said.

Investigators believe the fire originated in the basement of the home before it climbed to the second floor of the house.

“Crews had to open up the roof of the house to release some heat,” Wilson said, adding a firefighter sustained a cut on his hand while battling the blaze.

He was transported to the University of Alberta Hospital with minor injuries.

Damage estimates for the home had not been calculated by press time.

No foul play is suspected in either incident, Wilson said.

 
 
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