UPDATE: Highlands house fire deliberately set

Edmonton fire fighters battle a blaze in the east end of the city, Monday, April 28, 2014. Global News

EDMONTON – Fire investigators have determined that a fire that destroyed one home that was under construction and damaged three other homes Sunday night was deliberately set.

The blaze started at around 11 p.m . Sunday in the Highlands neighbourhood in the area of 114 Avenue and 68 Street.

The home being build was already in flames when fire crews arrived and had spread to neighbouring homes.

One of the houses next door had people inside at the time, but everyone made it out safely.

“There’s fire damage, smoke damage. We had to get into the attics, through the roofs and caused some damage that way. So, it’s not extensive but there is damage to those houses,” said District Chief Greg Flett, Edmonton Fire Rescue.

A third neighbouring home had heat-related damage to the siding.

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On Monday, fire investigators determined that arson was the cause of the fire in the home of origin – the one under construction.

The case is now in the hands of the Edmonton Police Service.

The home that was under construction was destroyed; the homes on either side of it were damaged and evacuated. Those residents are still displaced.

Another home and its garage were damaged, but the residents were not displaced.

Damage to all four properties is estimated to be $300,000.


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