Edmonton

Fire closes Edmonton women's shelter, displaces 60

A fire has closed an Edmonton emergency shelter and displaced more than 60 women who were staying there. Police have charged a 33-year-old woman with arson.

Police have charged a 33-year old woman with arson

Tuesday's fire displaced more than 60 women staying at this emergency shelter (Gareth Hampshire).

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.