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House fire in Mountview caused by improperly discarded cigarette

October 28, 2019 11:55 AM
(Red Deer, Alberta)

Twenty Red Deer Emergency Services (RDES) personnel responded to a fire on 34 Street Close early Sunday morning that caused severe damage to a home in the Mountview neighbourhood.

RDES arrived on scene shortly after 6:45 a.m. on Sunday, October 27 and found a fully involved fire on the front of the house that had extended into the attic.

After an investigation, RDES has determined the probable cause of the fire to be an improperly discarded cigarette, which had been put out in a peat moss planter located on the front deck of the house. Total damage to the home is estimated to be $400,000.

Two people were home at the time of the fire, as well as two pets, and all escaped without injury.

Emergency crews responded with four engines, one aerial platform and 20 personnel.

RDES staff will go door-to-door to approximately 100 homes in the neighbourhood on October 30th to speak with residents about fire safety as part of the After the Fire safety program.

Red Deer Emergency Services is reminding residents of these important fire safety tips to prevent fires at home:

  • Always dispose of cigarettes in proper containers, not plant pots which can easily catch fire.
  • Watch what you heat: unattended cooking is one of the leading causes of home fires.
  • Working smoke alarms save lives: check your smoke alarms today. 

 

For more information, please contact:

Wes Van Bevel
Fire Marshal
The City of Red Deer
403-346-2457 

Communications & Strategic Planning
The City of Red Deer
403-342-8147

 

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