Cause determined in Brier Park blaze

By Ashley Wiebe
December 6, 2017 - 6:17pm Updated: December 7, 2017 - 7:05pm


MEDICINE HAT, AB — The cause of the fire in Brier Park Wednesday night has been deemed accidental.

Fire fighters from all three stations responded to the massive blaze, working quickly to get it under control.

Police say the call came in shortly before 5:30 p.m.

Emergency officials say the fire was inside an industrial structure, part of a storage and auto business at 1763 Semrau Drive Northwest.

Crews worked from several angles, fighting the fire from the outside on the building. Thick, heavy smoke and flames could be seen from the Trans Canada Highway.

The owner was on scene when fire fighters arrived and was able to tell them no one was inside the tin structure.

Officials told CHAT News several explosions happened while crews were on scene. It’s believed they were from vehicle tires inside the garage.

No one was injured.

Platoon Chief Joe Greenan said a fire investigator was on scene Thursday morning and was able to determine the fire was an accident.

"[A] gentleman was working on a vehicle or something, removing gas from a tank, and it spilled onto a trouble light, from what I hear, and instantly ignited," he said.

A damage estimate has yet to be determined, but Greenan said the damage to the structure and its contents is significant.

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