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Smoking likely cause of west Lethbridge garage fire

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A garage fire in Garry Station injuring two people and causing about $30,000 in damage.

Firefighters from three stations responded to the west side blaze at about 7:30 Tuesday night (Mar. 31).

Lethbridge Chief Fire Marshal Heath Wright says they handled the situation quite quickly and contained the fire to the garage.

He says it was accidental and early investigation points to unattended smoking materials as the cause.

Two people suffered injuries, including smoke inhalation and burns. Wright says at least one of them was taken to hospital for treatment.

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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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