Fire crews worked through the night in Grande Prairie

Fire personnel worked through the night on salvage and monitoring operations at the site of a major structure fire at Eagle Manor Saturday.

The fire started early in the morning. No injuries to residents or emergency personnel are reported. Significant damage was incurred at the complex on the City’s east side and it has been secured.

The cause of the fire at the 30-unit building is under investigation and is considered suspicious at this time. There are 43 residents registered in the apartment.

“Our crews worked throughout the day to get the fire under control,” says Fire Chief Dan Lemieux. “Last night, our staff were working on making sure there were no hot spots and winding down operations. This was a significant incident and our thoughts are with those who lost their homes and belongings.

“I also want to extend our appreciation to the many individuals and organizations who were quick to respond to the needs of residents, in particular the Church of Christ congregation and staff. Numerous agencies also provided assistance, including the Victims Services Unit of the RCMP, the Red Cross, the Salvation Army, the Sexsmith Fire Department, Alberta Health Services – EMS, Alberta Employment and Immigration, Aquatera, Wal-Mart, the Sandman Inn, the Hythe FCSS, and our own Disaster Social Services and Transportation Services personnel and other volunteers and staff.”

Boardwalk Rental Communities is holding a meeting for tenants displaced by the fire.  The session to receive information and make enquiries will be held at the Church of Christ at 7 p.m. Monday. The Red Cross arranged for emergency accommodation. Boardwalk will have details on alternate suites at the meeting.

A phone line is in place for loved ones of residents wanting to enquire about their whereabouts. Residents of the complex are also asked to call the number so emergency personnel can maintain contact with them. The phone number at the reception and enquiries centre is 780-538-4211.

The Fire Department was called at 3:54 a.m. Saturday.  Eagle Manor is a three-storey walk-up apartment building located at 9701-92nd-Ave. Residents were evacuated to the Church of Christ at 9602-92nd Ave. 92nd Ave.

The Fire Department responded with 35 personnel on site, equipped with four major apparatus. The Sexsmith Fire Department was brought on board through the mutual aid agreement with five fire fighters and a ladder truck.