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Arson suspected in early-morning fire

Brent Brussee was awakened at 3:50 a.m. Saturday to find his holiday trailer engulfed in flames.


The interior of the 1979 Ford Frontier was gutted by the fire.

Brent Brussee got an early wake-up call Saturday morning to find his family holiday trailer engulfed in flames.
A neighbour was alerted to the fire by smoke and repeatedly rang the doorbell to rouse Brussee, his wife Ashley and their children.
They were stunned to see flames shooting out of the back of the trailer.
Brent Brussee got his family out of the house, called 911 and watched as fire consumed the 1979 Ford Frontier parked in the driveway next to their house in the Eastside subdivision.
“I was really worried,” Brussee said, noting there were two propane tanks in danger of exploding. “That was my biggest concern.”
The fire started at the rear of the vehicle in a closet filled with towels and clothes.
Brussee suspects the fire was deliberately set, although RCMP were not ready Tuesday to confirm the cause was arson.
“We’re waiting for the report from the Fire Commissioner’s Office,” RCMP Sgt. Brent Hawker said.
Brussee, a member of Lethbridge Regional Police Service, said it appears the fire started between 3:30 a.m. and 3:50 a.m.
Although concerned about the loss of the trailer and its contents — valued at a total of between $8,000 to $9,000 — but is more concerned about the threat to his family.
“That’s what upset me the most,” Brussee said.
Brussee planned to get up at 5:30 a.m. to go to work. Had the neighbour not spotted the fire, it could have burned longer and spread to the house.
Anyone with information should call the RCMP at 403-553-4407 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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