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Significant damage after large fire at hay plant east of Lethbridge Wednesday night

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LETHBRIDGE COUNTY, AB – A large blaze Wednesday evening at Green Prairie Hay along  Highway 3 between Lethbridge and Coaldale.

Crews from four fire departments in the region, including the City of Lethbridge, responded around 7:00 pm.

When firefighters arrived on scene, they found a 58,000 square foot warehouse engulfed in flames. Smoke could been seen for several kilometres, as far away as Cardston.

Crews battled the fire overnight into Thursday to take care of any hot spots. The extreme heatwave also posed a challenge for firefighters given the heat of the day and heat from the fire itself.

Right now the cause is under investigation. Early damage estimates are approximately $5 million.

Fortunately, no one was injured.

Photo credit to MyLethbridgeNow. (Pat Siedlecki)

 

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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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