On April 28, 2012 just before 5:00 a.m. Chestermere RCMP members along with the Chestermere Fire Department responded to a house fire at a residence located on Willowmere Way in Chestermere. Upon arrival no flames were noted. The Chestermere Fire Department confirmed the residents of the house had already exited the dwelling with no one sustaining injuries.
It was learned from the owner of the residence that the occupants were asleep when one resident was woken up by a sound of a rear window cracking. Upon going onto the rear balcony this occupant saw a fire outside of the residence through a reflection from a neighbors window. All occupants of the dwelling were then awoke and exited the residence. This included a man, wife, their two children and his parents.
The Chestermere Fire Department was then called by the residents. The occupants put out most of the fire using their garden hose before the arrival of the fire department. The residents found shelter with their neighbors while their house was being aired out of any smoke by the fire department. The fire damage was minimal and limited to the back of the residence. The occupants were able to eventually return and safely occupy their home. The rear of this residence borders a school yard.
Upon examining the scene with the fire department it was determined the cause of this fire is arson. If anyone has any information in this crime or any other please contact the Chestermere RCMP at (403) 204-8777 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or through the internet at HYPERLINK “http://www.tipsubmit.com/” \o “http://www.tipsubmit.com/” www.tipsubmit.com. Crime stoppers will pay cash rewards up to $2000.00 for information that leads to an arrest, the recovery of stolen property or seizure of illegal drugs. Crime Stoppers does not subscribe to call display and the identity of the caller will remain anonymous.