Edmonton police confirmed Thursday they are investigating a west side apartment fire as suspicious.
Over the weekend, sources told Global News that fire investigators determined last Thursday morning’s fire at Westridge Estates was arson.
The blaze, which caused an estimated $5.5 million worth of damage, is now under investigation by the EPS Arson Unit.
Firefighters were called to the apartment complex at 76 Avenue and 172 Street shortly after 8 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 16 and arrived on scene within five minutes.
The fire, which began in a third floor suite, quickly spread and flames could be seen shooting from the roof of the four-storey apartment building, which is owned by Boardwalk rentals.
About 40 firefighters responded and remained on scene throughout the day Thursday and Friday, putting out hot spots and working to determine the cause.
One resident with mobility issues had to be rescued from the fourth floor. Alberta Health Services said two patients were taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
Fire crews evacuated 102 suites in the apartment building, and the Red Cross is helping 46 people forced out of their homes by the fire. (Global News)