Wednesday, September 22, 2021
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No injuries after apartment fire in downtown Lethbridge

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LETHBRIDGE, AB – Lethbridge fire crews were quick to respond after an apartment fire Thursday afternoon.

The call came in around 4:15 pm about a blaze at the  Coalbanks Apartment Building on 5th Street South.

Firefighters from four stations responded.

Crews were able to completely extinguished the blaze and with the quick actions of the resident and numerous Lethbridge Police officers, the cooking fire was contained to just the one apartment.

Fire officials says there was substantial smoke damage to the unit, however a cost estimate isn’t known at this time.

There were no injuries to either residents or first responders.

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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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