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Number of residential fires in Lethbridge this summer “alarming”

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Lethbridge firefighters have been busy this summer dealing with a higher-than-average number of residential fires.

Fire investigator, Adam Saturley says a few of these blazes are suspicious, however the majority are just simply preventable.

“We understand the fact that people smoke, but if  you do, you have to dispose of cigarettes in the proper manner. Putting them out in little garden planters or any kind of soil or material like that, that’s combustible is just a recipe for a disaster.”

Saturley says there have been around 8 residential fires in the city in the past six weeks alone.

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A few of the recent fires (two on Wednesday evening) are suspicious and still under investigation.

“Some people are just not thinking,” says Saturley. “Next thing you know you have a fire that gets away from you. Sometimes people don’t know. They may be driving down a street and throw a cigarette butt out the window and the next thing you know there’s a stretch of grass burning.”

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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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