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Early morning blaze destroys Coaldale home, no injuries

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No injuries following an early morning house fire in Coaldale.

Crews were called out around 5:30 am Monday (Mar. 30) to a home along Parkside Close. Firefighters were met with heavy flames and smoke when they arrived on scene.

Two people inside the home, along with two dogs, all managed to get out safely.

Crews were able to get the blaze under control in just over half an hour.

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The house sustained major damage, estimated to be around $250,000. Some minor damage to a few neighbouring homes.

Coaldale Fire Chief Kevin McKeown says the homeowner had working smoke alarms which notified those inside to escape without injury. He says firefighters did a great job containing the blaze as this could easily have turned into 2 or 3 houses involved, given the close proximity of the homes to each other.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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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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