Airdrie business, All Fitts Auto, confirmed that it was their business that was engulfed in fire in the early morning hours of January 1. 

In a social media post on Facebook, they said that they are 'gutted' and that this fire has been a major setback. However, the owners did confirm that no one was hurt during the blaze. The business also made a point of praising all the first responders who were at the scene.

"Let me start by giving a huge shout-out to all of our amazing first responders, the Airdrie fire department, with help from the Crossfield fire department and all the RCMP that were involved. You guys are true professionals and I can’t praise you enough for your quick response and for containing the fire as quickly as you did. I truly appreciate each and every one of you," the post stated.

According to the RCMP, police received a report of a structure fire on 1st Street and Center Avenue in the City of Airdrie at 4:57 a.m. on January 1, 2023. Police have since confirmed that the fire is being investigated as an arson. 

According to Airdrie Fire Chief, Mike Pirie, several witnesses called in to report the fire and once fire crews did arrive there was heavy fire in one area of the building and smoke throughout the entire structure. An estimate of damages is not yet available.

Fire crews remained on the scene for several hours. 

The business owners credited the first responders for their quick work in containing the fire.

"They were able to contain it to mostly the front office area and think the back shop is mostly just waterlogged."

The social media post also thanked the city's residents for their messages of support and concern.

"I can’t even begin to thank you enough. My day and night have been filled with tears from the loss and the love I see from this great community. Other shops reaching out and offering their facilities until we get back on our feet. I’m not 100% sure how things are going to work out or how long it’s going to take but can guarantee you we will be back in action as soon as possible."

The investigation into the fire is ongoing. 

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