July 19, 2014 12:13 am
Updated: July 19, 2014 1:59 pm

Fire crews douse blaze in south Edmonton

Crews battle fire at building in the area of Calgary Trail and 73 Ave. Friday, July 18, 2014.

Craig Ryan, Global News

EDMONTON – A portion of Calgary Trail was shut down to traffic Friday night as fire crews worked to douse a blaze in a nearby shed.

An Edmonton police officer reported the fire, which broke out in the area of 73 Ave. and 104 St. around 9 p.m.

Twenty-eight firefighters were called in to battle the blaze, which began in a shed between the former Billingsgate Seafood Market and a building just north of it.

“There’s a little courtyard in between there with what we found out now is a shed that was fully involved. And it appears that homeless people have taken up shelter in there,” said District Chief Ron Sawchuk with Edmonton Fire Rescue Services.

The shed was empty at the time of the fire, Sawchuk said. He added the fire was mostly contained to the one structure, although it did travel a bit into the roof of the former Billingsgate building.

Fire crews say there was too much damage to the shed to determine a cause. Damages are pegged at $65,000.

Calgary Trail southbound was closed at 76 Ave. Friday night as crews continued to investigate.

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