Calgary, AB,

Calgary Fire Crews Attend Structure Fire in Foothills Industrial Area

At approximately 2:40 this morning, Calgary 911 received a report from a central monitoring agency of a building in alarm in the 3300 block of 58 Ave SE. The first on scene Calgary Fire Department crews found a large metal fabrication warehouse style structure that showed signs of heavy thick black smoke. A second alarm was called to ensure adequate resources at the incident scene. The large size of the structure and interior design with partitions made firefighting operations more challenging. Crews gained access to the roof and created holes for vertical ventilation of smoke and heat. Fire crews also used forcible entry techniques to gain access to the main floor allowing for fire attack crews to extinguish flames from the entrance thresholds. Aerial ladder apparatus were used to direct elevated water streams into the building. Large fans were used to pressurize and protect unaffected compartmentalized portions of the structure. There were several small explosions inside the building believed to be from overheated propane tanks. A Calgary Transit bus was utilized to provide shelter while fire crews were cycled through operational assignments. ATCO and Enmax were on scene to provide assistance by shutting down utilities. There were no employees onsite at the time of the incident and there have been no reports of injuries. Fire crews remain on scene at this time conducting extinguishment and ventilation operations.