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Arson charge laid after Sherwood Park strip mall fire destroys several businesses

Several businesses in a Sherwood Park strip mall were destroyed in an overnight fire on Saturday.

No injuries were reported

The cause of an overnight fire at the Sherwood Centre strip mall is still under investigation. (Scott Neufeld/CBC)

One person has been charged with arson after several businesses in a Sherwood Park strip mall were destroyed in an overnight fire on Saturday.

Strathcona RCMP responded to a call at 12:30 a.m. of a fully engulfed structure fire at the Chopped Leaf along Sherwood Drive, according to an early morning news release from police. The adjoining KFC, Little Caesars, Klee Boutique, Dr. Bernstein Clinic and Great Clips within the Sherwood Centre were also damaged.

An update around noon said the police investigation had led to the arrest of one individual around 9:45 a.m. On Sunday, RCMP said they had charged a 32-year-old man of no fixed address with intentionally or recklessly causing damage by fire and mischief over $5,000.

The man was remanded into custody and is expected in Sherwood Park Provincial Court on Wednesday.

Police said a fire investigator had completed their examination of the structure on Saturday and that RCMP have continued to investigate.

A news release from Strathcona County on Saturday morning said the fire was considered under control by 6:13 a.m. 

No injuries were reported. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Devin Capcara, deputy chief of operations for Strathcona County Emergency Services, said the attached Shoppers Drug Mart had minimal damage from smoke and water due to a firewall between it and the other units.

The rest of the building was a "complete loss," he said.

Capcara said heavy equipment had been brought in to dismantle the affected structures in order to help put out the fire.

Heavy equipment was brought in to dismantle some of the affected structures. (Scott Neufeld/CBC)

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