Calgary Fire crews fight early morning house fire in Douglas Glen
At approximately 4:20 Sunday morning, 9-1-1 received multiple calls regarding a possible explosion at a house on Douglas Glen Close South East . One caller stated they heard a loud bang and then saw fire and smoke coming from the house across the street. Another caller stated they also heard a loud sound, glass shattering and then flames visible from the second floor of the single family home. A third caller reported an explosion and the house quickly being engulfed in flames. Over 25 calls were made to 9-1-1 regarding this incident.
When fire crews arrived on scene, they encountered a fully involved house fire with flames spreading to neighbouring residences. A second alarm was immediately called for additional resources. Firefighters mounted an aggressive exterior fire attack on the source home and fought the spreading fire from both inside and outside the neighbouring structure.
ATCO Gas and ENMAX were called to the scene to shut off utilities to the affected homes.
Calgary Transit was called to supply two buses used to shelter evacuees from the cold weather.
Due to structural concerns as a result of the extreme damage to the source house, firefighters have been unable to search the residence for any occupants that may have been inside at the time of the incident. Five homes were evacuated and traffic on Douglas Glen Boulevard has been rerouted.
Damage to the house of origin is extreme. One neighbouring home sustained severe damage due to the explosion and subsequent fire. Damage to other homes includes broken windows and melted siding.
By approximately 07:00 Sunday morning, homes that sustained minor damage were tested for air quality and once deemed safe, reoccupied by residents.
Fire investigators are on scene to determine the origin and cause of this incident. Any witnesses who have information, photos or video, especially prior to CFD arrival on scene, are asked to please email firstname.lastname@example.org