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Several bays in a commercial building in an industrial area on the east side of Edmonton were consumed by fire early Friday, cleaning up a charity and its thrift store.

Firefighters were dispatched at. 5:18 to the Second Chance Thrift Shop at 77 Street and Coronet Road and arrived at the site six minutes later.

Edmonton firefighters battled a blaze in a fifty-store and non-profit organization near 77 Street and Coronet Road on Friday, October 8, 2021.

Brent Pushkarenko, 630 CHED

Heavy smoke and flames could be seen shooting from the roof of the building near the large intersection at 75th Street and Argyll Road.

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The flames quickly spread from the fifth store to the Emmanuel Foundation non-profit organization next door.


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Four guts charity and thrift store in the eastern Edmonton industrial area


Four guts charity and thrift store in the eastern Edmonton industrial area

The charity exists to serve the poor in tangible ways, according to its website. It sends shipping containers with goods to developing countries, where it also builds playgrounds.

The Emmanuel Foundation also puts together ready-to-cook cooking kits, saying it raises funds for all of this effort through thrift store sales.

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Emmanuel Fund CEO Lyle Johnson said he received a call saying there was a large fire around 5.40am and rushed into town from his home near Tofield.

“(I) was just sick,” Johnson said of being told about the fire.

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“We’re just devastated.”


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Aerial view of large charitable recycling fire in eastern Edmonton


Aerial view of large charitable recycling fire in eastern Edmonton

Edmonton Fire Rescue Services said the fire was quickly upgraded to a toilet alarm status, with nine firefighting units responding to Davies’ industrial area.

District Chief Steve Baker said at the height of the fire, about 40 firefighters responded to fight the blaze.

No one was inside the buildings and no one needed to be evacuated. Baker said the inside of the charity and thrift store appeared to have been destroyed, but a third store in the building was untouched.

Just before 7 o’clock the fire was still burning. By 8 p.m., crews were still on the scene, turning off hot spots, but the situation was under control. It was turned off a few hours later.

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Fire investigators were called to investigate the cause of the fire. A damage estimate has not yet been made.

Edmonton firefighters battled a blaze in a fifty-store and non-profit organization near 77 Street and Coronet Road on Friday, October 8, 2021.

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