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1 dead after west Edmonton fire, blaze ruled non-criminal

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WATCH ABOVE: Edmonton firefighters are investigating two separate early morning fires and one of them was fatal. As Breanna Karstens-Smith explains, the doors and windows of the west Edmonton house were boarded up. – Apr 20, 2020

Edmonton Fire Rescue Services said it received multiple calls starting at around 6:40 a.m. about a structure fire in the area of 183 Street and 77 Avenue.

Crews arrived to a single-family house about five minutes later, but found the doors and windows of the home were boarded.

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“This made it challenging for fire crews to gain entry to the building,” an EFRS spokesperson said in a statement on Monday.

Crews were able to get into the house through the back.

Once crews were inside, they found a large fire in the basement. The fire was brought under control by 8:05 a.m.

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Edmonton fire crews were called to a house fire in west Edmonton on April 20, 2020. One person died in the blaze. Dave Carels/Global News

One person was confirmed dead in the home. EFRS had no further information about the victim.

On Tuesday, EFRS called the fire a non-criminal event and said the fire appears to have been deliberately set.

Damages are estimated at about $450,000, EFRS said.

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