Wetaskiwin and Millet fire and police toiled in extremely frigid temperatures as they handled a major structure fire in the city Jan. 15.
According to a press release from Wetaskiwin RCMP spokesperson Cst. Shaun Marchand that day, “On January 14, 2020 at approximately 11:45 p.m., Wetaskiwin RCMP members were on patrol and observed smoke coming from an apartment/motel, known as ‘Manny’s Motel’ just off 40 Avenue in Wetaskiwin.
“Wetaskiwin RCMP members entered the building to alert numerous residents and evacuate the building. Wetaskiwin and Millet fire departments responded but the building was quickly consumed by flames. Wetaskiwin Fire remains on scene.
“The building is an apartment style that is used for low income housing and a shelter.
“40 Avenue is currently blocked off from 53 Street to 54A Street in the surrounding area and traffic and motorist are asked to find an alternate route.
“No injuries are reported at this time. Matter is currently under investigation by Wetaskiwin RCMP & Wetaskiwin Fire.
“If anyone has information regarding this incident or any other investigation, they are asked to contact the Wetaskiwin RCMP Detachment at 780-312-7267 or their local police. If you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), online at www.P3Tips.com or by using the “P3 Tips” app available through the Apple App or Google Play Store.”