Fire rips through west Edmonton laundromat

Fire crews were called to battle a “stubborn” blaze at a west Edmonton laundromat early Saturday morning.

Firefighters were called to the fire at a vacant building in the area of 149 Street and 97 Avenue at around 5:15 a.m.

“When we arrived on scene we had heavy smoke showing. We had 11 different fire trucks respond at this time and there were over 30 firefighters,” Gary Hoekstra, station captain with Edmonton Fire Rescue Services, said.

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“It was quite a stubborn fire to start with,” he continued. “The biggest problem was that these buildings are renovated over time so we had a couple different ceilings in the occupancy, so the main part was trying to get in there and pull the ceiling down and stop the fire extension from there.”

It took crews about 30 minutes to get the fire under control. No other buildings were damaged in the blaze.

“We were very concerned about the building to the north here. It’s a three-storey walk up, so we had the ladder set up and we had to make sure there was no extension into that,” Hoekstra said.

No one was injured in the blaze. The cause of the fire is not known at this time.

Fire crews battle a blaze at a vacant laundromat in the area of 149 Street and 97 Avenue Saturday, August 13, 2016.

Charles Taylor, Global News

Fire crews battle a blaze at a vacant laundromat in the area of 149 Street and 97 Avenue Saturday, August 13, 2016.

Charles Taylor, Global News

Fire crews battle a blaze at a vacant laundromat in the area of 149 Street and 97 Avenue Saturday, August 13, 2016.

Charles Taylor, Global News

Fire crews battle a blaze at a vacant laundromat in the area of 149 Street and 97 Avenue Saturday, August 13, 2016.

Charles Taylor, Global News

Fire crews battle a blaze at a vacant laundromat in the area of 149 Street and 97 Avenue Saturday, August 13, 2016.

Charles Taylor, Global News

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