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“Suspicious” house fire under investigation in Coaldale

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COALDALE, AB – Fire investigators in Coaldale are looking for clues after a blaze last weekend destroyed a home in that town.

Anyone who has video footage of the fire is asked to get in contact with officials.

Firefighters were called out last Saturday, June 5th at around 3:00 pm to a home on fire along 21st Avenue in Coaldale. When crews arrived, the back deck on the house was burning and the fire was starting to spread.

The Coaldale Fire Department says the home in question has been a known problem for years in that neighbourhood. Both the Town and the RCMP recently tried to evict illegal residents there and secure the property.

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The cause of the fire is under investigation and is being considered suspicious. Damage is pegged at around $100,000.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Coaldale & District Emergency Services, especially anyone who may have been in the area before the fire between 2:30 pm – 2:50 pm that may have witnessed anyone fleeing the area.

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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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