The Fort Saskatchewan Fire Department is concerned about a pattern developing in a townhouse complex.
Within the past year, the department has answered calls to two garage fires from Southfort Boulevard, one of which occurred on Mar.29. Crews were able to contain the fire to the garage and no one was injured in the blaze.
The damage is estimated to cost between $10,000-$30,000, but the exact amount is difficult to determine, according to fire chief Shawn McKerry.
"There was light smoke that went through the remainder of the home so that could raise the cost up, depending on what they need to do to clean the smoke out," McKerry explained.
The investigations that followed both fires indicate they were caused by inappropriate disposal of smoking debris or in relation to smoking activity inside the home.
"The risks to one another in that community from a fire are great because it's a high-density development and the homes are all attached, as they are row homes," McKerry said. "So, it is a high risk area for us and to have two smoking incidents there in the last year does bring up some red flags."
McKerry added the department plans on working with the property owner to provide some education to the homeowners in hopes of avoiding further issues.