Calgary Fire Crews battle three alarm house fire in Auburn Bay
At approximately 4:00 on the afternoon of Thursday, January 11th, 9-1-1 started receiving calls regarding a house fire on Auburn Bay BLVD S.E. When fire crews arrived, the incident was upgraded to a second alarm due to the volume of fire and also because flames had already spread to the neighbouring house. Fire crews worked hard in very challenging conditions to bring the fire under control. So as not to impede firefighting efforts, a third alarm was called shortly there after to bring additional resources to the scene. This allowed firefighters to rehab and warm up without slowing down the firefighting efforts.
Two adults and one child were home at the time and thankfully they escaped without injury. No other injuries were reported as a result of this fire however the house where the fire started was completely destroyed. The neighbouring house sustained significant damage. Two vehicles were also damaged.
ATCO Gas and Enmax attended the scene to disconnect and shut off utilities to the two effected homes. CPS assisted with road closures and traffic management and EMS was on scene to care for any injured people. Calgary Transit supplied busses to be used as a warming station from the extreme cold. St. Gianna School staff stayed late and graciously allowed emergency responders to use the school as a rehab location.
Fire investigators are on scene to determine the origin and cause of this fire. If anybody has photos or video of this fire, especially prior to CFD arrival on scene, please email email@example.com
Fires can happen any time of the day or night and can grow very quickly. Knowing what to do in case of a fire is very important and something the whole family should know. In a typical home fire, you may have as little as two minutes to escape from the time the smoke alarm sounds. Knowing how to use those minutes can make a lifesaving difference. A home escape plan contains the layout of your home, the escape routes that should be used, and where to meet once you are outside. It is important to create and practice an escape plan with everyone who lives in your home so that they know what to do if there is a fire.
For more fire prevention and fire safety information, please visit calgary.ca/fire