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Christmas blaze injures firefighter, damages businesses

Dec. 27, 2012, Edmonton – Investigators are sifting through the rubble of a fire that damaged eight businesses in north Edmonton.

December 27, 2012
By The Canadian Press

Dec. 27, 2012, Edmonton – Investigators are sifting through the rubble of a fire that damaged eight businesses in north Edmonton.

The flames broke out early Christmas morning, causing an estimated $12 million damage.

Up to 80 firefighters fought the blaze in sub-zero temperatures.

One man suffered minor injuries.

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Firefighters say they found a pickup truck had been driven into one of the businesses.

Chrystal Coleman, a City of Edmonton information officer, said at the peak of the blaze 18 firefighter units were on the scene.

"There is about $12-million total in damage, no cause has been determined yet and right now eight businesses have been affected, two with heavy damage," Coleman said Tuesday.

She said fire crews were trying to determine the cause.

The fire heavily damaged the Bonanza restaurant.

Other business affected include Cora's restaurant, Belvedere Cycle and Sports and a daycare.