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Fire at south Edmonton motel called arson

Fire crews were called to the South Bend Motel at Gateway Blvd. and 51st Avenue early Monday morning
Crews were called to the South Bend Motel at Gateway Blvd. and 51st Avenue early Monday morning. (Tim Adams/CBC News)

Investigators say that a fire at a south Edmonton motel was deliberately set.

Crews were called to the South Bend Motel at Gateway Blvd. and 51st Avenue around 5:10 a.m. Monday. The fire was brought under control around 40 minutes later. 

Damages are estimated at $200,000. Investigators say the fire started in the kitchen of one of the suites.

Many of the people staying at the motel live there on a long-term basis. They were awakened to the sounds of firefighters banging on their doors.

"Just woke up, came outside and there was a bunch of smoke coming out from the other side of the building," said Chad Hope. "So I went in my house, started packing up, came out and there was firefighters outside my door." 

The motel was closing at the end of the month and residents had been given eviction notices.

The Red Cross is coming to provide assistance.

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