Massive blaze causes $12M in damage in Edmonton

Roughly 80 firefighters were busy Christmas Day morning battling a stubborn blaze that gutted this...

Roughly 80 firefighters were busy Christmas Day morning battling a stubborn blaze that gutted this north end buffet restaurant. Edmonton Fire Rescue Services said it was called to a three-alarm blaze at 125 Street and 137 Avenue shortly before 1:50 a.m. (DAVID BLOOM PHOTO)

Allison Salz, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:05 PM ET

EDMONTON - Arson investigators have been called in following a massive multimillion-dollar blaze that levelled a north side restaurant early Christmas morning.

The city said a pickup truck was driven into the front of the Bonanza Buffet Restaurant just after 1:50 a.m. Tuesday. The truck remained in what was once the front entrance of the restaurant, its top ripped off.

Chrystal Coleman, a spokeswoman with fire rescue services, said crews are unsure if the driver had been accounted for, or if the wreck sparked the blaze.

Just before 3 a.m. the blaze was upgraded to a three-alarm fire, with about 80 firefighters struggling to gain control of the flames.


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