5 folks in hospital, one in important situation, following a home fireplace in southeast Edmonton

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One person was rushed to hospital in critical condition and four others were transported as a precaution after a house in southeast Edmonton caught fire on Wednesday night.

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Edmonton Fire Rescue Services (EFRS) received calls about the fire at 4:11 p.m. and arrived three minutes later in a fully involved fire in a family home near 18 Avenue and 35 Street. EFRS spokeswoman Adriana Amelio said that seven crews were on site shortly and the fire was reported under control at 5:01 p.m.

“We have investigators on site at the moment,” said Amelio shortly after 5.30 p.m. “There isn’t a lot of detail about damage in the house, but it’s pretty extensive and we believe it started on the ground floor.”

Amelio said that while the fire was in full swing when the crews arrived, the weather and other external factors did not make it difficult to get under control. She said the crews had not yet declared the fire extinguished as they were working to make sure all hotspots were completely extinguished.

Fire investigator at the location of a house fire at 35 St. near 18A Avenue that resulted in several children and an adult being rushed to the Edmonton hospital, May 19, 2021.  Ed Kaiser / Postmedia Fire investigator at the location of a house fire at 35 St. near 18A Avenue that resulted in several children and an adult being rushed to the Edmonton hospital, May 19, 2021. Ed Kaiser / Postmedia Photo by Ed Kaiser /20093308B

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