Calgary, AB,

Calgary fire crews battle a basement fire to rescue a dog in the south west

At approximately 3:50 this afternoon, Calgary fire crews were called to the 100 block of Ypres Green S.W. for a house fire. When fire crews arrived on scene, they encountered a fire in the basement of the residence. A woman had already self evacuated prior to fire crews arrival however she stated that her small dog was still inside the house.

Firefighters were able to quickly find and rescue the dog from a room on the second floor of the single family home.

The fire is now under control and fire crews are looking for extension in the walls and ceiling. Firefighters are also ventilating the structure to eliminate the smoke.

Damage to the basement is extensive with smoke damage throughout the home. A fire investigator has been called to the scene to determine the origin and cause of this fire.

The house did have working smoke alarms which activated and alerted the occupant to the fire. 

Smoke alarms save lives. Every home should have a working smoke alarm on every level. Placing smoke alarms both outside and inside sleeping areas is recommended. Test all your alarms once per month, change the batteries at least once per year and replace smoke alarms after 10 years. Develop and practise a home escape plan with the entire family. For more fire safety information, please visit