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Hearth at northeast Edmonton townhome intentionally set: EFRS

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Edmonton Hearth Rescue Providers (EFRS) says a hearth on Tuesday that destroyed no less than three townhomes in northeast Edmonton was intentionally set.

Firefighters had been referred to as to a hearth at a townhome complicated on Hooke Highway within the Hermitage neighbourhood at 3:55 a.m. on Tuesday. 13 items had been referred to as to attend the scene with the primary unit arriving at 4 a.m., mentioned an e-mail assertion.

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The hearth was referred to as beneath management at 5:51 a.m., EFRS mentioned. On Tuesday morning, firefighters had been seen dousing hotspots on no less than three townhomes that had been destroyed by the blaze.

No accidents had been reported, EFRS mentioned.

On Friday, investigators mentioned that they had decided the hearth was intentionally set and the investigation could be performed by Edmonton Police Providers, in an e-mail assertion.

Hearth crews remained on the scene of a house on Howson Crescent that was destroyed by hearth in a single day on Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2023. Picture by Shaughn Butts /Postmedia

EFRS had been referred to as to a second hearth within the early morning hours of Tuesday at a vacant home in the identical neighbourhood. At 4:16 a.m. Edmonton hearth crews had been referred to as to reply to a hearth at a vacant home on Howson Crescent within the Hermitage neighbourhood. Six items had been dispatched to deal with the blaze with the primary unit arriving on scene at 4:26 a.m., EFRS mentioned. The hearth was deemed beneath management at 6:25 a.m. Tuesday.

On Wednesday, EFRS mentioned the reason for the blaze was decided to be intentionally set. No accidents had been reported.

— With information from Trevor Robb