On Sunday, May 8, 2022 the Olds Fire Department was dispatched for a medical emergency at a residential occupancy. Prior to Fire crew response, information was updated indicating that there had been a fire at this location and was extinguished.
The Olds Fire Department along with Olds RCMP and EMS found upon arrival, the lone occupant of the dwelling (70-year-old female) deceased inside the structure. The interior of the home showed signs of a ventilation-controlled fire with heavy soot, smoke, and thermal damage, but had self extinguished prior to the Fire Department’s arrival.
Olds RCMP, the Medical Examiner’s office, and fire investigators have commenced an investigation as to the cause of the fire and circumstances of the fatality. At this time, the cause of the fire is not deemed suspicious, and preliminary investigation indicates an electrical failing may be the cause.
The name of the deceased will not be released to respect privacy.
A ventilation-controlled fire is characterized by a fire occurring within a closed space that is relatively airtight. An object or item is ignited, and the fire will grow consuming fuels and oxygen until the required level of oxygen to sustain combustion is diminished and the fire will extinguish itself. This occurrence is more common now in new construction or renovation where building envelopes are more airtight with materials such as house wraps and high efficiency windows are utilized.
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