Townhouse Fire caused by Cigarette

An investigation into the Townhouse fire in Elk Point has determined that the cause of the fire was from an “improperly discarded smoking materials”; cigarette.  The estimated cost of the fire, which destroyed eight homes, is $3.5 million.

A statement has been released by the Town of Elk Point in regards to the investigation:

On April 7, 2018 at approximately 4:40 PM a structural fire started on the deck of one of the Townhouses located at 5004-59th Avenue in Elk Point.

The Elk Point Fire Department attended the scene with the support of St. Paul Fire Department. There was a total of 26 volunteer fire fighters.
The other responding agencies were Elk Point RCMP Detachment Prairie EMS, ATCO Electric, AltaGas and other additional
private/municipal resources.

There was no human fatalities, however one pet (cat) who succumbed to its injury’s. The estimated property loss and damage exceeds $3.5 million.

The site has been secured and released to the insurance companies working with the property owners.

The Fire Investigation is ongoing and has been deemed as accidental due to improperly discarded smoking materials.

 

There has been a GoFundMe page set up to assist the eight families who have lost their homes and possessions in the fire. New clothing, food, and cash donations are being accepted at the County & Elk Point FCSS office, in Elk Point.