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Crews battle large seniors centre fire in north end of St. Albert – Edmonton

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Firefighters were dispatched to a battle a blaze at a multi-storey building in St. Albert on Thursday night.

The local firefighters union tweeted just before 8:30 p.m. crews had been sent to the scene.

The fire is at the Citadel Mews seniors care facility, located on Erin Ridge Road next to the Sturgeon Community Hospital.

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A Global News crew at the scene saw flames shooting out from the top of the building.

READ MORE: Emergency alert issued as wildfire flares up west of Edmonton in Parkland County 

A spokesperson for Edmonton Fire Rescue Services told Global News that six of its crews were also dispatched to the scene at 8:16 p.m. They said the entire building was evacuated but were not able to say if anyone was injured.

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Crews battle large seniors centre fire in north end of St. Albert

Crews battle large seniors centre fire in north end of St. Albert

Shortly after 10:30 p.m., the RCMP issued a news release and said they were also called to the scene by St. Albert Fire Services to help with the evacuation of the complex and to block off roads.

They said buses were brought in to bring residents to a Costco parking lot and added the St. Albert Alliance Church opened its doors to the displaced residents until they figure out where to go next.

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Global News has reached out to officials with St. Albert and Sturgeon County for more details.

READ MORE: Wildfire burning in Lac La Biche County, nearby residents told to prepare for ‘possible evacuation’ 

Dale Nally, the MLA for Morinville-St. Albert, issued a statement about the fire late Thursday night.

“The province stands ready to assist and support those impacted by this awful incident,” the associate minister of natural gas and electricity said.

“Our thoughts are with all the residents, staff and first responders.”

Marie Renaud, the MLA for St. Albert, posted on social media how grateful she is to first responders who arrived at the scene.

“Be sure to keep all those who’ve been displaced and those in harm’s way in your thoughts and prayers tonight,” she wrote.

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