Fire at downtown property shuts down part of Jasper Avenue – Edmonton


A fire broke out early Wednesday morning at a commercial building along the west end of Jasper Avenue, shutting down a stretch of the Edmonton road.

George Stang was walking to work when he came upon the fire near 117 Street.

“The door blew open, and all you could see was a bunch of smoke. It was crazy. I’ve never seen anything like that before,” he said.

Stang’s boyfriend called 911. Edmonton Fire Rescue said they were called at 5:51 a.m. and arrived on the scene four minutes later.

A fire broke out early Wednesday morning in a commercial building at 11725B Jasper Avenue, in downtown Edmonton. July 11, 2018.

Dave Carels, Global News

The fire was upgraded to a two-alarm response, and 48 firefighters were called to the scene. As of 7 a.m., the fire was still out of control.

The fire broke out in a two-storey building that used to house the longstanding Buddy’s nightclub and Woody’s Video Bar, both of which catered to Edmonton’s LGBTQ community. Both closed in 2016.

Another bar — Circus Nightclub — also appeared to have operated in the building, however its Yelp listing said the business was closed.

A sign in the upstairs window said Lounge 117 was coming soon.

Edmonton Fire Rescue said the unit where the fire originated was not occupied and no one was in the building at the time. Firefighters did evacuate surrounding businesses.

Smoke could be seen billowing from the building and firefighters were working at both the front and the back of the property.

Police said at 7 a.m. that a section of the road between 116 Street and 118 Street would be closed for several hours due to the fire.

Because the busy road will be closed during the morning commute, drivers are advised to find alternate routes.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

— More to come…

© 2018 Global News, a division of Corus Entertainment Inc.





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