Calgary, AB,

Calgary fire crews quickly respond as family escapes north west house fire

At approximately 6:30 Wednesday evening, Calgary fire crews were called to Royal Elm Way in the north west for reports of a garage fire. When firefighters arrived, they could see smoke coming from an attached front drive garage. A family of five was home at the time when one of the children noticed smoke coming from the garage. Two adults, three children along with their dog and pet rabbit safely self evacuated prior to Calgary Fire Department (CFD) arrival on scene.

The fire which originated inside the garage was quickly brought under control by firefighters. Fire damage was limited to the attached garage however some smoke did make its way into the house. No injuries were reported as a result of the fire and no neighbouring structures were damaged by fire or heat.

The family had working smoke alarms which activated once smoke entered the house. It was at that time that they also noticed the smoke coming from the garage and immediately evacuated along with their pets, and called 9-1-1 from outside.

A fire investigator is on the scene to determine the exact origin and cause of this fire.

Working smoke alarms save lives. The Calgary Fire Department recommends smoke alarms for every level of the home and ideally both inside and outside sleeping areas. Test all alarms monthly and replace batteries annually. Both hard wired and battery operated smoke alarms expire after 10 years and need to be replaced. Have a home escape plan that you practice twice per year with everyone in your home. For more information on fire safety, please visit