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By Christine Rumleskie and Adam Reaburn

The Fort St. John Fire Department had a wild night on Friday.

Two calls led crews around the City, which began with an explosion and ended with firefighters battling a huge blaze on 93rd Avenue.

The first call happened around 7:00 p.m. on Friday night. Crews responded to a explosion on 102nd Avenue between 100th Street and 98th Street.

Deputy Fire Chief Curtis Redpath says it’s not known yet what caused the explosion. He says while there may be injuries in the apartment explosion, there hasn’t been any reported injuries in the apartment fire.

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Redpath says there was a small fire that needed to be put out at the explosion site. But as soon as they managed to put the fire out, crews had to rush to 93rd Avenue to deal with a much larger fire.


There, the roughly 60 residents were evacuated from the apartment complex building, and were asked to meet at the Enerplex for information on accommodations and emergency services.

Redpath predicts that the building is a complete write-off, and he says neighboring buildings will have some smoke damage.

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Sterling Management operates the apartment complex on 93rd Avenue. Sterling is asking all residents to check-in with the RCMP to ensure everyone is accounted for.

Officials say Sterling’s office will be open on Monday, and all affected residents are asked to come in for information on new accommodations. Sterling says it has enough vacancies in other apartment buildings to accommodate everyone.


Also, most of the tenants do not have insurance, so starting Monday, Sterling will begin accepting donations at its office on 100th Street near the TD bank.  If you have any more information to add to this story, email [email protected]  You can also submit any photos or video to the email address [email protected]


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