Wednesday, September 22, 2021
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Not properly discarded smoking materials cause of south Lethbridge deck fire

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LETHBRIDGE, AB – No injuries following a fire on the city’s south side early Friday afternoon.

Lethbridge fire crews were called out to the 1200 block of Lakemount Blvd South. Firefighters found a back attached second floor deck on fire.

Crews knocked the blaze down quickly, limiting fire and smoke damage to an estimated $15,000.

Investigators have determined the origin of the fire to be accidental. Lethbridge Fire and Emergency Services is again reminding residents that when extinguishing smoking materials, ensure it is always disposed of properly, in a non-combustible container filled with sand or water.

A total of three stations responded to the fire with 22 crew.

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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 News 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.

Pat has been working at Cornerstone Funeral Home in Lethbridge as a Certified Life Celebrant and Funeral Assistant since 2016.

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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