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UPDATE: Fire that destroyed north Lethbridge home started in RV

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Fire investigators have pinpointed the cause of the blaze that destroyed a home in Legacy Ridge early Thursday morning.

It apparently started inside an RV parked beside the garage at the back of the home.

Fire Investigator, Marc Royer, says investigators are confident the fire started with either an electrical appliance or cord connected to the RV.

He reminds residents that any appliance, if it’s plugged in and energized, has the ability to cause a fire.

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21 firefighters from all four stations were on scene along Lettice Perry Road North at one point, battling flames some 20 to 30 feet higher than the two story home.

Royer says firefighters also reported a bit of an issue with people driving over their fire hoses.

He says it’s “very dangerous and can cause loss of life and of property due to an unexpected water loss if one of our hoses explode while we’re inside fighting a fire.”

Royer reiterates, if you come upon an emergency scene “do not drive over the hoses.”

No damage estimate has been released but due to the number of homes affected, Royer believes it will be well over half a million dollars.

There are no reports of any injuries.

 

The front of the home six hours after the blaze was put out.

Photo credit to Wayne Naylor

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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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