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Edmonton firefighters fight flames, cold, in business blazes


December 28, 2012
By The Canadian Press

Dec. 28, 2012, Edmonton – The wind chill was hovering around the -30 C mark when Edmonton firefighters battled their second blaze this week involving businesses.

Dec. 28, 2012, Edmonton – The wind chill was hovering around the -30 C mark when Edmonton firefighters battled their second blaze this week involving businesses.

The latest fire erupted Thursday night when flames broke out in a building that houses an auto service outlet and a sailboat business in the city's south end.

Smoke and flames could be seen billowing from the structure when crews arrived at the scene.

No one was hurt, but more than 50 firefighters had to contend with the extreme cold and freezing water during a three-hour struggle to get the flames under control.

Eight businesses were either destroyed or damaged in a $12-million fire in north Edmonton on Christmas Day.

No one was hurt in that blaze and are investigators continue to probe the scorched wreckage.