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PAGE 2 MONDAY JUNE 5, 2017 THE WEEKLY ANCHOR
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The fire that consumed the historic 420 Main Street building first appeared
through the window on the north side of the building. photo Sue Ann
Common

by Adrienne Tait precautionary measure and
everyone is fine. The tenants made
On the morning of May 30th, it out safely. AS PER SUE
Edsonites watched as firefighters
Tasha Williams, mother of one of
Misadventures from Edson, Yellowhead County, the tenants, said she had just taken (780) 723-5775 www.riderz.ca
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and Hinton along with local RCMP,
her son to school, “When I came
EMS, and public works banned back to the post office there was
together to fight the fire which only a little bit of smoke, then the
consumed one of the town's most window shattered when I looked
historic downtown buildings. up.”
The Edson Fire Department Dawn Mitchell, whose company Sid's Safety
responded to the call at bought the building last December
approximately 8:45am, arriving on said, “We had three communities
scene to find the fire fully involved. pull together for one building and & Janitor al
Fire Chief and Department of the families inside.” Mitchell said
Protective Services Director Al she is most thankful the tenants got
Schram said, “When we arrived the out safely and no one was hurt.
fire was already coming out of the Three out of the four upstairs
upstairs front windows.” apartments were rented out at the 5928 - 3rd Avenue, Edson, Alberta T7E 1R8 Use this ad
Deputy Fire Chief Tyler Robinson time of the fire. Phone: (780) 723-6575 Fax: (780) 723-6567
was the incident commander on Mitchell heard about the fire from Email: sidssafety@telus.net
scene. “Once Tyler did the initial a friend. She was impressed with for Sid’s Safety
assessment we called in mutual aid. the support she received from her
We knew it was going to be a long- fellow county councillors as well as Stocking Industrial, for May 22/29
haul fire,' said Chief Schram. the councillors from Edson and
Chief Schram said the department Hinton. Hinton Mayor Rob Mackin Automotive,
knew the age of the structure was called Mitchell to let her know that
going to be a factor in the fire. aerial support was on the way, and Recreation Batteries
“The building had undergone county councillors called to lend
several structure changes. It was an support, and town councillors called
old building and it was tinder dry. or stood beside her during the fire.
We knew it would be a challenge.” “They are a great bunch of people
Mutual aid from Yellowhead from great communities,” said
County and Hinton were called to Mitchel, “At times like these it is
assist with equipment and wonderful how everyone pulls
manpower. “Everybody really together.”
pulled together,” said Chief Schram, The surrounding businesses were
“It was a wonderful example of evacuated while crews fought the
how, when everybody pulls fire. The building was lost in the
together, what we can do.” blaze but the adjacent structures
At one point S/Sgt. Peter King were saved. The owners were
was on top of the YCFD fire truck allowed in the following day to
manning the hose and fighting the assess the water and smoke damage.
fire alongside his fellow first The building was one of the oldest
responders. remaining structures in the
The smoke and flames which were downtown core. The Galloway
billowing out the top of the Station and Museum confirmed For After Hours Service call
structure could be seen across town. images of the building dating back
Two of the firefighters suffered as early as 1911 when it housed the
smoke inhalation Chief Schram said O.H. Johnson General Store. 780-517-6575
they were checked out by EMS as a continued page 4
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