Fire at Windermere condo complex was arson: Investigators
Published Monday, April 7, 2014 10:46AM MDT Last Updated Monday, April 7, 2014 7:39PM MDT
Edmonton Fire Rescue said Monday that a fire that destroyed a condo building in southwest Edmonton in mid-March was deliberately set.
Fire investigators confirmed the fire that started early Saturday, March 15 in a development under construction at 10 Avenue and 173 Street, was a case of arson.
Shortly after the fire destroyed the building, the developer, Cove Properties, issued a statement to CTV News, saying they had footage of someone breaking into the property before the fire started.
“It appears an individual broke into our building early Saturday morning and set one or more fires inside,” company president Clay Hamdon wrote to CTV News.
“Our Security Team called 911 and dispatched the Fire and Police Departments immediately, but upon their arrival the fire was too far along and there was nothing they could do but contain it from spreading.”
Hamdon also said 50 of the 79 units in the building had been sold and people were expecting to move in this August.
The blaze caused $6 million in damages to the development.
The Edmonton Police Service has taken over the investigation.
With files from Chandra Lye