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Coaldale firefighters battle bale fire on semi truck on Highway 845

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Smoke could be seen for several kilometres during a large vehicle fire Friday morning (Dec. 20) near Coaldale.

Fire crews were called out around 9:00 am to Highway 845 near Cottonwood Drive in the southeast part of town after a semi hauling bales caught fire.

The strong wind also whipped up the flames, however crews were to able contain the fire from spreading.

The blaze produced a lot of smoke and officials had warned people living nearby to make sure all windows and doors were closed and furnaces turned off to prevent smoke from getting inside.

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Just before 2:00 pm, an emergency alert was cancelled, although crews remained on scene to clear the highway.

Coaldale Deputy Fire Chief, Clayton Rutberg says the investigation is ongoing.

No one was injured.

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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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