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Garage fire in north Edmonton damages 8 buildings

Fire investigators are looking into the the cause of an explosion and fire that destroyed two garages Wednesday afternoon in Edmonton's north end.
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Fire investigators are looking into the the cause of an explosion and fire that destroyed two garages Wednesday afternoon in the city's north end.

The fire started in a garage at 167th Avenue and 103rd Street, and then quickly spread to the garage next door.

"There was a huge explosion," said Matthew Skjersven, who lives two doors away from the explosion site. "Just the house on fire, smoke everywhere in the sky, and [I saw] a fireball. It was crazy."

He filmed the explosion and posted it to YouTube.

About 10 fire vehicles responded to the blaze, which blossomed into a massive plume of fire and smoke at one point.

Fire officials said that about eight buildings were damaged by the flames and heat.