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Fire damage to Edmonton’s Second Chance Thrift Shop estimated at $9M

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An early morning fire near Argyll Road and 75 Street in Edmonton has destroyed a building used by a charity that helps lesser developed countries. Sarah Komadina has the details. – Oct 8, 2021

Edmonton Fire Rescue Services says the damage done to the Second Chance Thrift Shop is in the millions as the investigation comes to a close.

On Oct. 8, fire crews responded to numerous 911 calls around 5:18 a.m. for large amounts of smoke and flames seen in the area of 77 Street and Coronet Road.

EFRS quickly upgraded the call to a two-alarm fire with additional crews to help put out the blaze.

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The fire was under control roughly two hours later and firefighters remained on the scene throughout the day to monitor hot spots.

Investigators have determined the cause of the fire started from an electrical short within an engine compartment from a vehicle that was parked inside the building.

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Damages are estimated at $9 million with $4 million due to structural damage and the other $5 million due to loss of content.

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