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Police search for arson suspect after three Edmonton garage fires
Julia Parrish and Linda Hoang, CTV Edmonton
Published Thursday, January 3, 2013 5:42AM MST
Last Updated Thursday, January 3, 2013 7:27PM MST
Police are searching for an arson suspect after three garage fires in Edmonton early Thursday morning.
Officers tell CTV News they are investigating three fires that are believed to have been deliberately set in the north end Thursday.
The fires were set in the areas of 98 Avenue and 79 Street, 134 Avenue and 124 Street, and 135 Avenue and 127 Street, between 3 a.m. and 6 a.m.
Fire officials say all three of the blazes appear to have started in alleyways, causing approximately $140,000 in damages.
At the 79 Street fire, flames gutted the inside of a garage.
At the 124 Street fire, the sides of a garage was damaged.
The fire at 127 Street took crews the longest to battle officials said chemicals and equipment stored in the garage made battling the blaze more difficult.
“The last fire was particularly aggressive,” Edmonton Fire Rescue Deputy Chief John Lamb said. “It was a larger structure and the contents were particularly of concern.
“There was some gasoline and some welding supplies on the scene.”
A fourth, smaller blaze was also reported near the others, but it was put out before any damage could be done.
Police and Edmonton Fire Rescue investigators are investigating.
Anyone with information is asked to call police at 780-423-4567, #377 on their mobile phone, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).
With files from Ashley Molnar
Police are searching for an arson suspect after three fires in north Edmonton early Thursday morning. In this picture, the sides of a garage at 124 Street and 134 Avenue were damaged before crews contained the blaze.
A fire gutted the inside of a garage in the area of 79 Street and 98 Avenue early Thursday morning.