Firefighters battling massive blaze at St. Albert seniors’ residence

Firefighters are at the scene at a massive fire at a seniors’ residence in St. Albert, northwest of Edmonton Thursday night.

Residents evacuated the Citadel Mews retirement community after a fire broke out that engulfed much of the building. 

The building is located near the Sturgeon Community Hospital, between St. Albert Trail and Erin Ridge Drive, south of Erin Ridge Road. 

St. Albert RCMP said in a news release that officers were called to assist firefighters around 8 p.m. Police blocked off nearby roads and helped residents evacuate the building. 

RCMP said residents were transported by bus to a muster point in the Costco parking lot. Police said the St. Albert Alliance Church has opened its doors to Citadel Mews residents until others arrangements can be made.

A tweet from St. Albert Firefighters local 2130 stated that all three stations were called to a large structure fire in the northern part of the city Thursday night.

A spokesperson for Edmonton Fire Services confirmed firefighters were also on scene assisting St. Albert Fire Services in battling the blaze at the Citadel retirement home. Rowan Anderson said Edmonton fire sent six crews total, after getting a call from St. Albert Fire around 8:16 p.m.

Anderson said he was unaware if anyone was injured in the fire. 

In a Facebook live video from the scene at 9:30 p.m., St. Albert Mayor Cathy Heron said she spoke to firefighters who told her the residents would be moved to another location.

Heron said firefighters told her there was no loss of life from the fire. 

St. Albert resident Jackson Brown, 17, said he spotted smoke and helped some people leave the building.

“All the alarms are going off and there was about four or five of us evacuating everyone, just going door-to-door trying to just get every one out,” he said. “Then the firefighters and police got here and of course helped us.”

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