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Tuesday , 3 August 2021
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Busy weekend for Bonnyville Regional Fire Authority in Lakeland Region

The Bonnyville Regional Fire Authority made quick work of a fire at the Days Inn on Saturday, and were kept busy throughout the weekend as they responded to other fires in the Lakeland Region.

On April 24, at approximately 11:50 a.m. the smell of burnt insulation was in the air as crews responded to an active fire on the Southside of the hotel in Bonnyville.

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“We were met with an active fire on the south side of the building with visible flames by the south entrance,” Jay Melvin, Regional Fire Chief told Lakeland Connect.

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A total of three pumper trucks and two command vehicles attended the scene and had the blaze under control within 15 minutes.
The investigation is complete and the cause of the fire is believed to be electrical in nature.

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The crews cleared the scene by 1:00 p.m.

Later that day, on Saturday afternoon crews responded to a call of a fire at the local skatepark in Bonnyville which was quickly handled. The fire is believed to be set by youth.

On Saturday night and Sunday morning crews responded to several fires in the Goodridge area.

“We had multiple fires in the Goodridge area that are being investigated and are suspicious in nature at seven different sites,” Chief Melvin said.

The Bonnyville Regional Fire Authority posted on Facebook that three of the ten fires responded to were intentionally started by youth.

“Fires started by youth are preventable and parents should educate children of all ages that even small fires can spread quickly,” The Bonnyville Regional Fire Authority stated.

Also on Sunday, April 25, crews responded to a fire West of Cold Lake and there was also a call for East of Bonnyville.

For more information on youth firesetting please contact The Bonnyville Regional Fire Authority administration at 780-826-4755

Lakeland Connect would like to thank all of our first responders for keeping our communities safe.

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About Arthur C. Green

Arthur C. Green is from Whitbourne Newfoundland and graduated from the CNA Journalism Program. Arthur also studied Business Marketing and Political Science at Memorial University in Essex England and St. John's Newfoundland. Green has worked for such organizations as CBC, CBC Radio, NTV, Saltwire, Great West Media, CKLB Radio, Vista Radio, and Postmedia. He also loves Jiggs Dinner!