For Immediate Release / May 14, 2021

Cause of Citadel Mews Fire Undetermined

The cause of the Citadel Mews West fire in St. Albert on May 6, 2021 is undetermined at this time, pending further evidence.

Investigators have concluded that the fire originated on a ground floor patio of the 15 Erin Ridge Road building. The fire was initially undetected on the patio, which allowed it to grow. It spread from patio furniture to the underside of the deck structure above. From there, it travelled up the vinyl siding into the attic of the building and eventually the roof. Once the fire reached the attic, which is a large confined area, it was extremely difficult to access. High winds also hampered the firefighting effort.

While fire investigators were able to follow the path of the fire and determine where it originated, the cause of the fire is unclear at this time and the investigation is ongoing. The investigation is being conducted by the City of St. Albert Certified Fire Safety Codes Officers and St. Albert Fire Services. The St. Albert RCMP also assisted in the initial stages of the investigation.

“This was a large and devastating fire, where thankfully no one was seriously hurt,” says St. Albert Fire Services Acting Fire Chief, Scott Wilde. “If you live in a multi-family building, be aware of your building’s fire safety plan and practice your escape. A Fire Safety Plan is required for all buildings with a fire alarm system.”

While a damage estimate has yet to be determined, fire damage was mainly limited to the upper floor and the ground floor suites where the fire originated. Water and smoke damage was extensive in the remainder of the building.

As the cause of the fire is undetermined, St. Albert Fire Services will continue to collect additional information if it becomes available.

For information on how to prepare your family for an emergency, download the City of St. Albert’s Emergency Preparedness Guide at www.stalbert.ca/beprepared.

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Last edited: May 14, 2021