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Fatal Lethbridge fire deemed accidental

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The death of a man last weekend in a house fire has been deemed non-criminal.

Lethbridge Police and the Fire Department have completed a joint investigation into the blaze.

Crews were called out on Saturday (July 20) to reports of a fire at a home along 5th Street South. A 50 year old man was found in a basement suite, taken to hospital and later died of his injuries.

LPS say an autopsy has concluded there is no evidence to suggest foul play, pending toxicology results. Fire investigators have determined the blaze was accidental and started in the kitchen.

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A dog was also found dead inside the home. A 24 year old woman living on the main floor suite escaped without injury.

Police say the name of the man killed will not be released.

Fire and Emergency Services is reminding all residents and homeowners to ensure every secondary suite is safe in the event of an emergency. Three important safety features to keep in mind are ensuring basement bedroom windows are unobstructed and large enough for anyone to get through, smoke alarms are interconnected and located in every bedroom and all exits are clear of debris and lead directly outside.

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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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