Investigation underway after Fort Saskatchewan businesses burn

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Investigation underway after Fort Saskatchewan businesses burn
WATCH ABOVE: Two Fort Saskatchewan businesses -- a daycare and a dental office -- burned down early this morning after a serious fire engulfed the building. Chris Chacon has the details – Aug 14, 2022

An investigation is underway in Fort Saskatchewan after two businesses have burned down after a fire early Sunday morning.

A daycare and a dental office near 99 Ave. and 104 St. were engulfed in flames when RCMP and Fire and Emergency Services arrived around 2:45 a.m., according to a news release Sunday morning.

“I couldn’t believe it — like, how could it be? The fire hall is very close to here, and before they come here the building was totally in flames — the whole place,” said Paul Chao, the building owner. “I have no idea what happened.”

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The fire was contained to this one building, and while locals are grateful it didn’t hit their homes or businesses, they also feel for those who lost everything.

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“Out of anybody, it could have been us,” said Joseph Melnyk who works in a building nearby. “I feel for a lot of the parents that bring their kids [to the daycare], especially if they’re busy parents. It’s just harder to find a new daycare here and afford it.”

Fort Saskatchewan Assistant Fire Chief Nolan Jespersen said crews arrived on scene within four minutes and a total of 10 firefighters and safety officers began to take down the fire.

“At this time the building is a complete loss,” said Jespersen.

There are no reported injuries. A fire investigation is underway by the Fort Saskatchewan General Investigations Section.

Anyone with any information, including video from doorbell or surveillance cameras is asked to contact RCMP at 780-997-7900 or CrimeStoppers.

With files from Chris Chacon

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