Fire closes Edmonton women's shelter, displaces 60
Police have charged a 33-year old woman with arson
A fire believed to have been deliberately set has shut down a downtown Edmonton emergency shelter and displaced more than 60 women who were staying there.
Early Tuesday, firefighters responded to a fire on the fourth floor of a building that provides temporary shelter to homeless women.
When police arrived, they were told a lighter had been used to start a fire inside the building. Officers arrested a 33-year-old woman at the scene and charged her with arson.
Police said the flames triggered a sprinkler. Water and smoke damaged several floors on one wing of the building.
Damage is estimated at $6,000.
CBC has not been able to reach staff at the shelter to find out where clients are now staying and when the shelter will re-open.