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    Exclamation Blaze leaves Edmonton street in charred ruins

    YIKES! Sounds like a nightmare incident. Glad there were no serious injuries.

    Blaze leaves Edmonton street in charred ruins
    21/07/2007 8:42:35 PM
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    Dozens of people are homeless after a huge wind-whipped fire tore through a condominium complex and left a south Edmonton street in charred ruins on Saturday.

    Edmonton's largest residential blaze burns on July 21, 2007.

    No one was hurt, but the massive fire destroyed the still-under construction 149-unit condo building.

    Nine neighbouring two-family homes were also destroyed, and a fire department official said 38 other two-family homes were damaged in some way.

    Damage was expected to be in the millions of dollars.

    Black smoke could be seen for kilometres and the roar of a fire woke up residents as the blaze took hold shortly after 5 a.m.

    "I noticed when I was closing my window that it wasn't the guys working on the construction, it was crackling of the fire," Bryan Peters, whose home was destroyed, told CTV Edmonton.

    With the blaze under control, the enormity of the blaze was obvious. All that was left standing of the four-storey building was an elevator shaft.

    "I just didn't realize the total devastation and it's not just us," said Blain Davis, who were out of town when they got a phone call that their house had burned to the ground.

    "There is probably 30 other families that are in the same boat as us."

    Fire officials have not yet determined how the three-alarm fire started, but said they believe the blaze began in the condo building.

    "In talking to fire captains that have been on the job almost 30 years, they say this is the biggest residential fire that they've had to battle that they can remember," Edmonton Fire Spokesperson Nikki Booth told CTV Newsnet.

    The fire, which struck in the MacEwan neighbourhood, was fanned by strong winds gusting up to 25 kilometres per hour.

    One crew member was taken to hospital to be treated for exhaustion while another veteran firefighter described the neighbourhood as looking like a "war zone."

    Municipal affairs and housing minister Ray Danyluk vows there will be help for fire victims.

    "Anything that we need to do we will do," he said.

    Edmonton's mayor visited the site to see the damage for himself.

    "Far greater devastation than I thought it was going to be but what is far more important is no one was hurt which is really the most important issue," said Stephen Mandel.

    Booth suggested damage might have been minimized if different building codes were implemented to increase the distance between houses and mandate the kind of siding used.

    "We're grateful that no one was injured ... however, we have devastated a community emotionally," Booth said.

    "A fire of this size and this magnitude definitely creates tremendous trauma to the community and we'd like to see that those code changes come into place."

    With a report from CTV Edmonton's Courtney Mosentine and files from The Canadian Press
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    One of the only times you'll hear guys saying "hope we dont catch a job tonight" is when its really windy out. Considering our history with some LODDs that can be partially attributed to wind fed fires, I am definitely in this camp.
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    Hope the firefighter is doing ok. Sounds like a very unfortunate situation. Could you get a picture of this on here?

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    WOW Glad noone was hurt
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    That was a monster of a fire from what I saw on the news. It's amazing everyone walked away.
    If someone with multiple personalities threatens to kill himself, is it considered a hostage situation?

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    Sure, I'll see what I can come up with. It was the middle of the night when I posted the original story, had gotten up because the pain in my neck/shoulders/back wouldn't let me get comfortable, but didn't feel like going through the hassle of saving and posting the picture.

    Edmonton street looks like 'war zone' after fire
    21/07/2007 5:54:24 PM
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    An early morning fire has left a south Edmonton street littered with charred ruins and dozens of residents without a place to live.

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    Firefighters work on the scene of what is being called Edmonton's largest residential fire.
    (Jimmy Jeong/Canadian Press)

    The blaze began shortly after 5 a.m. in a four-storey condominium under construction but quickly spread to nine two-family homes along 119th Street NW, north of Ellerslie Road, as strong winds fanned the flames.

    All were destroyed and 38 other houses were damaged, a fire department official told the Canadian Press.

    Some veteran firefighters described the fire as the largest they'd seen in the city.

    "It looks like a war zone. I don't know how to describe it any better than that. It was just total devastation for a lot of homes and a lot of people's lives," said Edmonton fire Chief Randy Wolsey.

    When firefighters arrived on the scene, flames were shooting more than 30 metres, or 10 storeys, into the air, Capt. Kim Guterson told Canadian Press.

    Nearby resident Kelly Cooper woke up to what she thought was a massive windstorm.

    "I heard glass breaking and I thought there was a tornado, to be honest with you."

    When she pulled back her curtains, she saw a firestorm in her backyard.

    No one was injured, but some residents escaped with nothing but the clothes they were wearing.

    "I had no chance to take anything out of my house. Everything is gone," said Raphael Perez, who was left with the pyjama bottoms he was wearing as he fled.

    The three-alarm blaze was under control by mid-morning, but firefighters continued to douse hot spots for much of the day.

    Firefighters blame lax building code

    Firefighters said it was only a matter of time before a fire of this magnitude broke out in the area, blaming poor construction materials and lax building codes.

    Damage could have been minimized, they said, if building codes required a greater distance between houses and required certain types of siding to be used.

    "We're grateful that no one was injured.... However, we have devastated a community emotionally," said fire department spokeswoman Nikki Booth. "A fire of this size and this magnitude definitely creates tremendous trauma to the community and we'd like to see that those code changes come into place."

    Many of the homes had been built in recent years.

    The cause of the blaze is still unknown and there's no indication whether it is suspicious, a fire department spokeswoman said.

    With files from the Canadian Press
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    These are the only pics I could quickly round up.
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    If someone with multiple personalities threatens to kill himself, is it considered a hostage situation?

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    Anyone else think that the destroyed single family homes will not be rebuilt?? The developer of the Condos will buy up the properties, and put up more Condos, running people of modest means out of the area. Down here, there are people arguing for Lot Size requirements that would mandate that a condo unit would have to have the same amount of ground as a single family home of comparable value. In other words, if a Single Family home, worth $250,000.00 is on a 0.5 acre lot, a condo building with 20 units @ 250K each, could not be built on a lot smaller than 10 acres. (.5 acre per unit) This lot could never be subdivided. The developers are furious, claiming that they could never build any more condos. Which, of course, is exactly the idea. If you get the idea that I hate condos, you're correct.
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    Thanks, Ryan. I managed to save one picture in all that time and it is one that you posted ... my computer is acting up grrrrr.

    There is a video as well, but I haven't been able to watch it yet (see above about the stupid f&(()&*&*(ing computer!)

    http://news.sympatico.msn.ca/Home/ to watch the video ... scroll down to National News, it's the top story.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RspctFrmCalgary View Post
    Thanks, Ryan. I managed to save one picture in all that time and it is one that you posted ... my computer is acting up grrrrr.
    Anything I can do to help. I had to do a bit of searching around various newspaper sites but I managed to find those few.
    If someone with multiple personalities threatens to kill himself, is it considered a hostage situation?

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    I guess if I would watch a little tv now and then I would have seen this. Looks like quite a blaze glad it was them and not us.

    Thanks for throwing the pics up ndvfdff33

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    Quote Originally Posted by dday05 View Post
    Thanks for throwing the pics up ndvfdff33
    No problem. I'm sure there is plenty of better ones. I just did a quick sweep of some newspaper sites.
    If someone with multiple personalities threatens to kill himself, is it considered a hostage situation?

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    Harve, I think you have the "right of it" there, my Friend. The developer is the only one who is going to come out ahead on this one, I think. Wonder if they will find evidence of arson????? NO. No... not pointing fingers or even suggesting.... Just a thought.
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