Suspicious fire guts garage near Rundle Park

A garage near Rundle Park in Edmonton was gutted by a Sunday night fire which investigators have deemed suspicious.

Investigators were on scene after a garage went up in flames Sunday night

A garage in the area of 106th Avenue and 34th Street went up in flames Sunday night after an explosion. The fire has been deemed suspicious. (Zoe Todd/CBC)

A garage near Rundle Park in Edmonton was gutted by a Sunday night fire which investigators have deemed suspicious.

Fire crews responded to a report of an explosion in the area of 34th Street and 105th Ave at about 6:30 p.m. They arrived to find a garage ablaze, with a car still inside.

"They quickly got that under control," said district fire Chief Gary Gamble, noting it took about 20 minutes to get the blaze under control.

Freezing temperatures provided an extra challenge for the firefighters, who worked to douse the flames, Gamble said.

"It's very difficult. Conditions are bad," he said. "It makes everything worse when it's very cold."

The owners of the garage and home next door were not home at the time, but one family member was at the scene, Gamble said.

Investigators don't yet know what caused the fire but are treating it as suspicious. Investigators and Edmonton police were talking to witnesses Sunday night.

The garage was gutted in the fire. (Zoe Todd/CBC)