Edmonton: Edgemont house fire deemed non-criminal

Edmonton, Alberta – A fire in southwest Edmonton over the weekend has been deemed non-criminal.

Just after 3 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 4, 2019, Edmonton Fire Rescue Services (EFRS) was called to the report of a fire at a house under construction in the area of Edgemont Way and Eifert Crescent. Neighbouring homes and vehicles were also affected by the fire; however, occupants were able to exit their homes and no injuries were reported.

Following an investigation, EFRS determined the fire was suspicious and officers with Edmonton Police Service Southwest Division were contacted to assist.

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After speaking with neighbouring residents, officers learned that two children were seen playing in the home just prior to the fire. A short time later, EPS and EFRS investigators located the children and their parents nearby, and the children admitted that they were playing in the home with a lighter when they accidentally lit a fire.

The fire has since been deemed non-criminal and the children will not be identified. The EPS and EFRS will be working with the children and their families to educate them on fire safety.

The EPS and EFRS would like to remind citizens to carefully monitor all fires, recreational or otherwise, as they can quickly become dangerous and devastating. Educating children on the dangers of fire and keeping lighters, matches and other flammable materials out of reach is also recommended.

If you encounter a fire in progress you are encouraged to contact Edmonton Fire Rescue Services by dialing 911. If you have information about a fire that you believe was deliberately set, you can contact the EPS at 780-423-4567 or #377 from a mobile device.

MRU #: AR19R002

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