Calgary, AB,

Calgary fire crews called to southwest high rise fire

At approximately 5:10 on Saturday evening December 12, Calgary fire crews responded to a residential high rise at the corner of Glenmore Trail and Elbow  Drive South West for reports of a building fire. On arrival, flames and smoke could be seen coming from a balcony on the ninth floor. 

The building's fire alarm system was activated which prompted residents to evacuate. Firefighters quickly fought the fire which was spreading to the balcony above the source unit. An aerial ladder was also used in the firefighting efforts.  Additional apparatus and fire crews were called  in for support due to the size of the building and number of occupants residing there. 

Calgary Transit busses were brought in to provide shelter to the residents who did not have a warm place to go. Calgary Police Officers provided support with traffic redirection and EMS was on standby for any possible injuries.

No injuries to citizens were reported as a result of this fire. Damage to the suite of origin is extensive with fire related damage to nearby suites. Most residents have been allowed back into their apartments. Only those residents who live on the north end of fire floor and who's suites sustained damage have not yet been allowed back in (at the time of this release).

The building management had just updated their Fire Safety Plan book which helped firefighters plan appropriate evacuation for those who may have needed additional assistance. Please visit for more information

Calgary Fire Department fire investigators are at the scene to determine the exact origin and cause of this fire. If anybody has photos or video of this fire, especially prior to fire department arrival on scene, please email

The Calgary Fire Department would like to share the following information on high rise fire safety:

  • Know the locations of all available exit stairs from your floor in case the nearest one is blocked by fire or smoke.
  • Make sure all exit and stairwell doors are clearly marked, not locked or blocked by security bars and clear of clutter.
  • If there is a fire, pull the fire alarm on your way out to notify the fire department and your neighbors.
  • If the fire alarm sounds, feel the door before opening and close all doors behind you as you leave. If it is hot, use another way out. If it is cool, leave by the nearest way out.
  • Use the stairs to get out. Typically you should not use the elevator unless directed by the fire department.
  • If you can’t get out of your apartment because of fire, smoke or a mobility issue, STUFF wet towels or sheets around the door and vents to keep smoke out. CALL the fire department and tell them where you are. OPEN a window slightly and wave a bright cloth to signal your location. Be prepared to close the window if it makes the smoke condition worse. Communicate with the fire department to monitor evacuation status.

For other fire safety information, please visit