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Lethbridge fire crews battle large west side apartment blaze

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A large apartment fire in west Lethbridge Friday morning (Oct. 9) at Woodsmere Manor off Walsh Drive West.

Emergency crews are on scene with a huge response by the fire department and EMS.

Lethbridge Fire Chief Marc Rathwell says it’s believed the blaze started in a second floor apartment unit and spread to the third floor and attic, however investigators will still have to work to find exactly what happened.

All four fire stations in Lethbridge responded to the call which impacted 36 units inside the complex. No injuries are reported at this time, however one firefighter was sent to hospital as a precaution.

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The City, working with Alberta Health Services and Canadian Red Cross managed supports for those on scene arranging medical needs, transportation and lodging. Residents will be unable to return to the building due to heavy fire, smoke and water damage. Anyone who evacuated and left the scene can connect with the Red Cross at 1-888-800-6493 for support.

The blaze was fully extinguished within two hours. The fire is under investigation.

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Patrick Siedlecki

Pat has been a mainstay in the CJOC News department from the time the station launched in 2007. He’s been in the position of New Director since then and has been anchoring daily news casts as well as reporting and working behind the scenes.

Community is important to him and keeping CJOC listeners and readers informed about what’s happening across southern Alberta and beyond.

Pat has been in radio broadcasting for the past 24 years, starting in Port Alberni on Vancouver Island in 1997 and then moving up island to Nanaimo for another few years before heading to Lethbridge in 2007.

Pat grew up in the small Saskatchewan farming town of Foam Lake. After high school, he went to Western Academy Broadcasting College (WABC) in Saskatoon prior to moving to the island.

Pat also spent several years broadcasting hockey in the BCHL as well as seven years as the radio voice of the Lethbridge Hurricanes in the WHL.

On a personal note, Pat has been working at Cornerstone Funeral Home in Lethbridge as a Certified Life Celebrant and funeral assistant since 2016.

Pat is engaged to Tarah and he has two kids and two step-children.

News and sports have always been Pat’s passion from the time he was a teenager and he’s always been grateful to have had the opportunity to make that part of what’s been a fun and long radio career!

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