A fire broke out late Sunday at the Lacombe Airport.
Lacombe Fire Department Acting Fire Chief Eric Graham said three engines, a ladder truck, a rescue truck and three support vehicles responded to the emergency and were able to get the fire under control over the course of several hours.
According to a Facebook post by President of the Lacombe Flying Club Jon Fromm, no one was present at the time of the fire.
“With regards to tonight’s hangar fire at the Lacombe Regional Airport, I would like to assure everyone that there were no persons inside the hangar at the time, and no injuries to anyone,” the post stated. “Yes, three airplanes were lost, along with other objects, but nothing that can’t be replaced. Yes, the owner has insurance.”
One of the hangars on the site appeared to be the centre of the fire.
“On behalf of the Lacombe Flying Club, I would like to thank the Lacombe and Blackfalds Fire Departments, Lacombe Police Service, and EMS for their prompt response and diligent efforts,” Fromm said. “Unfortunately, due to the nature of the fire, there was nothing that could be done to save the hangar or it’s contents, but the successful containment of the fire prevented it from spreading to other buildings.
Emergency crews responded, subdued the fire and continue to investigate the cause. Graham said the fire does not appear to be the result of foul play, but a full investigation will take days.
“The cause of the fire is currently under investigation. Damages are estimated in excess of $1 million,” Fromm said.