The only person inside a home in northwest Edmonton that caught fire Thursday afternoon was rushed to hospital but died of their injuries.
Edmonton Fire Rescue Services were dispatched at 4:26 p.m. and arrived at the home near 87 Avenue and 153 Street at 4:30 p.m.
Firefighters conducted an attack and search and rescue. They found one resident inside the home.
“One person was removed… and transported to hospital,” district chief Daniel Blackburn said. “Their condition is unknown.”
Edmonton police confirmed later Thursday evening that the person had died. EPS is helping Fire Rescue Services but said the death is considered “non criminal.”
At least four fire trucks could be seen outside a home at 5:15 p.m. Blackburn said there were 16 firefighters battling the blaze at its peak.
He said crews also found several pets inside the house.
“The dog did perish in the fire,” Blackburn said. “There was also a cat and nobody has seen the cat so we’re assuming it probably escaped the fire.”
The front of the bungalow, including the front porch, appeared significantly charred.
“It was an intense fire and it did cause significant damage to the home,” he said.
Police tape and an EMS vehicle were also visible.
While several neighbours reported hearing an explosion, Blackburn could not confirm that.
“I can’t really tell you whether there were explosions. The investigators are there now and they’ll determine whether there were explosions.”
No neighbours were forced out of their homes and the fire was limited to the one home.