Open letter from Spruce Grove Mayor and City Council

Open letter from Spruce Grove Mayor and City Council

Re: recent house fires

Dear Spruce Grove residents,

Within the past week, we have had two serious house fires in our community - specifically in the Fieldstone neighbourhood. The first fire was early in the morning of July 29 and thanks to the quick response of the homeowner and Spruce Grove Fire Services, the house was able to be saved. The second fire, which was just after midnight on Aug. 2, caused significant property damage to the house and a neighbouring residence. Fortunately no one was injured in either incident. The RCMP and fire inspection experts are investigating, as it appears the fires may have been intentionally started.

As well, within the past three weeks there have been several other small fires in various locations within Spruce Grove that also appear to have been deliberately started. The RCMP have arrested several individuals in relation to a fire set on Aug. 1; however, it is unknown at this time if these fires are all related.

We understand these recent events are concerning and upsetting and we want to reassure everyone that the safety and security of our residents, and the community at large, is of the highest importance. We are committed to ensuring adequate and appropriate resources are available to address this issue. Spruce Grove Fire and Enforcement Services is also working with the RCMP to increase patrols in various areas of the city as the investigation continues. Spruce Grove City Council has the utmost confidence in our first responders and the RCMP as they conduct their investigation and we would like to thank them for their ongoing efforts in this matter.

We would also encourage Spruce Grove residents to report any suspicious activity, or any information regarding any of these fires, to the RCMP by calling 780-962-2222. Please consider adding the RCMP contact line to your cell phone so you will have easy access in the event you need it. If you have information, but would prefer to remain anonymous, you can call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or report it online at www.tipsubmit.com External.

It can be unsettling when this type of activity occurs in the place you have chosen to call home, but at times like this we can also turn to one another for support. Take a few minutes to introduce yourself to your neighbours, as neighbours who know each other watch out for one another. If you see someone or something that looks suspicious, don't hesitate to contact the RCMP. Spruce Grove is a strong community and by working together at times like this, we can build on those strengths to help keep this a safe, vibrant and welcoming city.

Thank you to everyone for your understanding and cooperation during this time.

Sincerely,

Spruce Grove Mayor Stuart Houston and members of Spruce Grove City Council