Cochrane, AB – On February 6, 2022, at approximately 2pm Cochrane Fire Services responded to a structure fire at the Ramada Hotel in Cochrane.
Upon arrival, firefighters found heavy smoke and fire coming from the eaves and roof of the building. They entered the building to conduct a search of the fourth floor but were quickly turned away due to deteriorating interior conditions.
“I would like to acknowledge and thank our fire crew, neighbouring fire departments and agency partners for their tremendous effort in skillfully and quickly controlling this fire,” said Cochrane Fire Chief, Shawn Polley. “A fire of this magnitude requires quick action and a great deal of resources. I am proud to share that crews were on scene within five minutes from receiving the call and that all hotel guests and staff were safely evacuated from the building.”
Multiple aerial trucks were deployed with their elevated master streams to support firefighters on the ground. Crews were on scene for 10 hours fighting the fire which finally concluded on February 7 at approximately 2:30pm, 24 hours after the event started.
The fire has been completely extinguished. With the recent warm and windy daytime conditions, crews will continue monitoring for hot spots. West Side Road will be temporarily closed to support the fire investigation. Both the large and small dog parks adjacent to the Cochrane Ramada will remain closed as runoff water has created unsafe conditions.
Cochrane Fire Services was assisted on scene by Rocky View County, Redwoods Meadows and Calgary fire departments. Further assistance was provided by Cochrane Municipal Enforcement and Operations staff, as well as Alberta Health Services.
A fire investigation is currently underway to determine cause.