West Edmonton fire involving three houses was arson

Investigators have determined that the fire at 154th Street and 99th Avenue started on the first floor.
Roneel Kissun and his family just built their new home two years ago. Now they are seeing what they can salvage after it was heavily damaged by fire Tuesday night. (CBC)

A fire in west Edmonton Tuesday that started in a house under construction and involved two more homes was deliberately set.

Investigators have determined that the fire at 154th Street and 99th Avenue started on the first floor.

The fire, which started around 6 p.m., spread to two adjacent homes.

The fire started in a house under construction at 154th Street and 99th Avenue. (Scott Neufeld/CBC News)

The house under construction was destroyed, another house received extensive damage and the third had damage to the exterior. 

Now residents are taking stock of what they lost. 

"It's tragic. It's really bad. A good thing we all just got out safely," said Roneel Kissun. 

Kissun, his wife and two children are staying with relatives while they try to salvage what they can from the house that they built themselves just two years ago. family lives next door to the house where the fire started

"She thinks of all the memories and how hard we worked you know," he said.  "She set up the kids' bedrooms the way the kids wanted it."

Bernard Labrie's sustained fire damage on its exterior but nothing inside was damaged. 

He says this isn't the first case of arson in his neighbourhood.

"My wife sometimes thinks I'm a little paranoid putting cameras up and always watching out the window," he said. "But you know this is the third arson within three houses of me in four years.”

Fire investigators have now turned the matter over to Edmonton police.