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Flames rip through Alberta retirement complex

May 7, 2021   by The Canadian Press

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ST. ALBERT, Alta. – Fire has destroyed part of a retirement complex northwest of Edmonton.

Officials say three residents suffered smoke inhalation but no one has died.

Flames broke out at Citadel Mews West Continuing Care Facility in St. Albert just before 8 p.m. Thursday.

A statement from the City of St. Albert says high winds fanned the fire prompting requests for help from fire departments in Morinville, Spruce Grove, Strathcona Country and Edmonton.

Crews kept the fire from spreading to the neighbouring Citadel Mews East building in the roughly 10-year-old complex. which offered a range of services from independent living to long-term care.

Both buildings have been evacuated and some residents are sheltering in nearby hotel rooms, while long-term care residents have been moved to a large banquet room until more suitable accommodation can be found.

A cause of the fire has not yet been determined as firefighters continue to battle hot spots.


Feature image: Firefighters battle a blaze at Citadel Mews retirement home in St. Albert, Alta. on Thursday, May 6, 2021. The home has been evacuated and it is unknown if there are any injuries at this time. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson

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