At approximately 1 P.M. on Sunday, January 23rd, fire dispatch was alerted to a structural fire at the Highline Mushroom plant, north of Airdrie. 
According to the District Fire Chief at Rocky View County, Dax Huba, station 154 from Crossfield was the first to arrive on the scene. 
"I was responding with station 107 out of Balzac. When we arrived on the scene, we arrived on a 250,000, square-foot building with heavy smoke and flames showing from the roof," Huba said. "We had multiple departments on the scene, trying to try to extinguish the fire, but the building was so large that we couldn't get elevated master streams into certain areas of the collapsed roof."


"We had multiple crews; We had Carstairs Fire [Department], Crossfield Fire [Department], we had Airdrie [Fire Department]  helping us out, 107 station out of Balzac, 108 station from Irricana, 105 station from Madden, and a callback crew we brought in on overtime from 107 station Balzac as well," Huba said. "It was a lot of apparatus and a lot of people to keep track of."

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(Photos provided by Troy Vossen) 

One person was treated for smoke inhalation, though they were immediately released after having received medical treatment.
"This is one of the larger building fires that we have had attended to in a long time," Huba said. "It was also just difficult because of the proximity and the fact that we had to bring water into the site."