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Arrival video: Apartment fire in Stony Plain, Alberta.

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Video from Tom Stanford as the first firefighters arrive at a fire around 7:00 Thursday evening at the Sonora Apartments on Golf Course Road in Stony Plain, Alberta, Canada.

Julia Parrish, CTV Edmonton:

It’s believed it started on a second or third floor balcony.

At its peak, about 60 firefighters were fighting the blaze that eventually  destroyed one three-storey 36 suite apartment building. 

Throughout the several hours fire crews fought the flames, gusting winds  made the task difficult.

“Wind was probably our biggest enemy in this whole scenario,” Stony Plain  Fire Chief Dan Badry said Thursday night. “It basically pushed the fire up the  side of the wall and into the attic area.”

At the same time, firefighters had a difficult time reaching all parts of the  burning building.

“They weren’t able to get into the east portion of the building, because of  the heavy smoke that accumulated in that area,” Badry said. “But everybody on  that side of the building has been evacuated, and made it out safely.”

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