Calgary fire crews battle four alarm fire in Inglewood
At approximately 1:30 Wednesday morning, multiple calls were made to 9-1-1 reporting a fire on a fourth floor balcony of an Inglewood residential building. The 64 unit condominium building is located at the 1400 block of 17th Street S.E.
First arriving crews quickly upgraded to a second alarm due to the volume of fire and size of the involved building. Some residents had started evacuating however firefighters also activated the building’s fire alarm system to alert all occupants simultaneously and expedite their egress.
A third and fourth alarm was called by fire incident command after 02:10 for additional resources to the scene.
The fire was declared under control just before 3:30 in the morning.
No injuries were reported as a result of this fire however over 200 residents have been displaced. Some evacuees were transported by Calgary Transit buses to the Max Bell Arena. The Calgary Emergency Management Agency (CEMA) with the support of Calgary Recreation, set up a reception centre for displaced residents at that location. The Red Cross also attended Max Bell and is providing support. Several pets are with their owners at the reception centre and are being assisted with pet supplies by Calgary Community Standards.
Utilities to both buildings, 128 units in total, have been shut off. The City’s Safety Response Unit is attending the scene to inspect the fire affected building for structural and other safety concerns.
Fire crews are assisting with the retrieval of important personal possessions. Six suites were damaged by fire and other suites sustained smoke and water damage..
Calgary Fire Department fire investigators are on scene to determine the origin and cause of this fire.
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