Body found in north Edmonton house blaze
Published Tuesday, September 4, 2012 6:10AM MDT
Last Updated Tuesday, September 4, 2012 2:32PM MDT
Police are investigating after a body was pulled from a house where a fire broke out early Tuesday morning in a neighbourhood northwest of downtown Edmonton.
Fire crews responded to the call at 12123 124 Street just before 4:00 a.m.
About eight units headed to the bungalow and had the fire contained by 4:30 a.m.
Police and emergency crews remained on the scene for several hours Tuesday, but few details have been officially confirmed.
Vern Larsen lives next door to the home where the fire broke out – he told CTV News he heard sirens that morning.
“There was really intense orange flames coming up, shooting up higher than the fence itself,” Larsen said. “I was saying ‘That’s not good if somebody’s in there’.”
Larsen was one of several neighbours worried about the identity of the deceased person found inside – some feared the fire took the life of a tenant in his 40s.
“[One woman who lived in the home] was out, that’s good,” Larsen said. “The guy downstairs, I asked her, she said no, she didn’t see him.”
“And so, [we] assume the worst.”
Investigators believe the fire is non-criminal in nature.
With files from David Ewasuk