The Airdrie Fire Department confirmed that the estimated cost of damages in the January 1 fire that occurred at All Fitts Auto in downtown Airdrie is approximately $2 million.
According to police, the fire is being treated as a suspected case of arson, but RCMP said that it is too early in the investigation to determine whether the New Year's Day fire is connected to the spate of garage fires that occurred last week in Airdrie, though those fires are also under investigation.
The fire, which was called in by several witnesses started in the early morning hours of New Year's Day. However, no injuries were reported.
"When the Engine from Veterans Fire Station arrived there was heavy fire in one area of the building and smoke throughout the entire structure," City Fire Chief, Mike Pirie wrote earlier in a social media post.
The business in question has since posted a message of its own on social media, thanking both the community and Airdrie's first responders.
"Other shops reaching out offering their facilities until we get back on our feet. Customers, friends and complete strangers texting to see what they can do to help out and make sure we are ok. You all are simply amazing and remind us of why we love this city and call it home," All Fitts Auto wrote on their social media page on Facebook.
According to the RCMP, the investigation is continuing.
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