According to the city of Airdrie, the Fire Prevention Bureau has completed a fire investigation after a fire that broke out at St. Martin de Porres High School on Thursday morning. The cause of the fire was a 'set fire' or arson. Damages are estimated at approximately $20,000. The Airdrie RCMP is continuing the investigation.

According to Deputy Fire Chief Garth Rabel who had been on the scene, the fire department received a call at 10:46 A.M. Thursday morning to a structure fire at St. Martin de Porres High School.

"On arrival, approximately 670 students plus 70 staff had already evacuated to their evacuation staging area. There were no injuries to report," Deputy Rabel said. 

He added that crews were able to reach the part of the school where the fire was, bringing it under control quickly.

"[There were] very heavy smoke conditions in half of the school. The fire doors did keep smoke from going through the entire school."

Students and staff had been sent home for the rest of the day on Thursday, while those who were not able to go home immediately went to St. Paul’s Catholic Church on Main Street.

The Airdrie Fire Department commended the quick and efficient evacuation actions of students and staff.

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