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Around $25,000 in damage after deck fire in west Lethbridge

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LETHBRIDGE, AB – No injuries following a deck fire in west Lethbridge.

Firefighters were called to a home along McMaster Boulevard just before 1:00 pm Saturday.

Residents were at home having a fire in an enclosed fireplace when they noticed smoke and flames coming from within the wall structure of the deck.

Three fire stations responded with 21 crew members.

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Firefighters were able to quickly knock down the blaze and prevent it from spreading to the house. Damage is estimated at $25,000.

Fire damage was limited to the deck wall and roof structure with smoke damage to the exterior of the house.

Lethbridge Fire and Emergency services is reminding citizens to have yearly checks on their fireplaces to ensure safe operation.

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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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