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Explosive fire consumes duplex in southeast Edmonton

Explosive fire consumes duplex in southeast Edmonton
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A duplex on 62 Street in southeast Edmonton s Charlesworth neighbourhood was heavily damaged by fire late Sunday night. June 24, 2018.

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Two homes were destroyed and another damaged after a duplex on 62 Street in southeast Edmonton’s Charlesworth neighbourhood caught on fire on Sunday night.

“I could see, this time, there were flames — the garage was on fire, the house was on fire, and I was just wondering if everybody was safe. There were people running around. It was pretty scary at that point,” he said.

A duplex on 62 Street in southeast Edmonton’s Charlesworth neighbourhood was heavily damaged by fire late Sunday night. June 24, 2018.

Courtesy: Keri Lynn

A duplex on 62 Street in southeast Edmonton’s Charlesworth neighbourhood was heavily damaged by fire late Sunday night. June 24, 2018.

Courtesy: Keri Lynn

A duplex on 62 Street in southeast Edmonton’s Charlesworth neighbourhood was heavily damaged by fire late Sunday night. June 24, 2018.

Courtesy: Keri Lynn

A duplex on 62 Street in southeast Edmonton’s Charlesworth neighbourhood was heavily damaged by fire late Sunday night. June 24, 2018.

Courtesy: Keri Lynn

Crow said he got into his car and moved it down the street, just in case the fire spread.

“The flames were so intense. Even across here you could feel the heat. Across the street. It was unbelievable.”

“Everybody was saying, ‘Where’s the firetrucks?’ But seriously, they didn’t realize how fast this fire really started. Within a couple of minutes, it was totally engulfed,” Irena said.

A duplex on 62 Street in southeast Edmonton’s Charlesworth neighbourhood was heavily damaged by fire on Sunday night. June 24, 2018.

Edmonton Fire Rescue district chief Martin Prins said the duplex was fully involved on both sides by the time firefighters arrived. “And as you can see, the damage is severe. So yeah, the fire was definitely rolling,” he said.

The flames consumed both sides of the duplex, and spread to a neighbouring home.

“Wind was coming from the south and it spread the fire to a suite to the north of it. Has a fair amount of damage there as well.”

A duplex on 62 Street in southeast Edmonton’s Charlesworth neighbourhood was heavily damaged by fire late Sunday night. June 24, 2018.

Prins said all residents made it out safely. The fire was brought under control by around 12:30 a.m. Monday.

Edmonton police responded to the scene to help with crowd control. Prins said EPS was working with fire investigators to determine the cause. A damage estimate has yet to be completed.
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