Calgary, AB,
17
May
2018
|
18:52
America/Denver

Calgary fire crews battle two alarm blaze in Killarney

 

At approximately 6:20 this morning, Thursday May 17th, Calgary 9-1-1 received multiple calls reporting a fire quickly growing in size at a townhome complex at the 300 block of Killarney Glen Court S.W. Several people passing by alerted the occupants to the danger by banging on the doors and windows of the residences. Five people and a dog safely evacuated prior to CFD arrival on scene. One of the units was unoccupied.

When fire crews arrived on scene, they encountered a large volume of fire that extended from the main floor deck and up to the second floor of the building,  encompassing two of the four units. Fire crews fought the fire and brought it under control quickly. Firefighters extinguished the fire both from the ground and by cutting access points in the roof due to fire spread into the attic.

As a precaution, another seven people were evacuated from a neigbouring building. These occupants were allowed back in once the fire was under control and air quality in their homes was determined to be safe by firefighters.

No injuries were reported but damage to two of the four units is significant with some smoke damage to the other two. Calgary Fire investigators are on scene to determine the exact origin and cause of the fire. Thus far, it appears that the fire started on the outside deck of the west end unit.

Fire crews remain on scene to do salvage and overhaul and will be there throughout the day for fire watch.

Calgary Emergency Management Agency (CEMA) was also on scene to assist resindents as needed.

Anybody who was on scene and has photos, video or information, especially prior to CFD arrival, we ask you to email the public information officer, Carol Henke at piofire@calgary.ca  Investigators would especially like to speak to the good Samaritans that alerted occupants to the fire, aiding in a safe evacuation.

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