Calgary fire crews fight early morning attic fire in south west
At approximately 5:00 in the morning on Wednesday January 2, 2019, Calgary fire crews were called to the 7200 block of Elkton Drive S.W. for a house fire. A neighbour who had just woken up, smelled something burning. When he got up to quickly find the source of the odour in his own home, he noticed a glow coming through one of his windows. When he got closer, he could see flames visible from his neighbour's second floor and roof. He immediately called 9-1-1 and then also tried to reach his neighbour by phone to alert him to the danger.
Fire crews arrived in just over four minutes after the emergency call was placed to 9-1-1. The occupant of the home, who as awake and on the main level, had heard popping sounds and upon investigation, discovered the fire and safely evacuated prior to CFD arrival.
Firefighters started and exterior attack and then quickly went in to fight the fire from the interior. An aerial was set up to improve access to the fire from above. A second alarm was also struck for additional resources. The fire, which is believed to have started on the second floor in a bedroom, was brought under control at approximately 7:20. Extinguishment was complicated because the fire had travelled in behind the walls and void spaces, quickly spreading to the attic of the century old home.
No injuries were reported as a result of this fire. Fire damage to the residence of origin is significant however no neighbouring structures sustained fire or heat damage.
The house was equipped with working smoke alarms however due to the initial hidden nature of the fire and smoke, the alarms did not activate right away. A fire investigator is on scene to determine the exact origin and cause of the fire which is not being considered suspicious. If anybody has any photos or video of the fire, they can be shared with the Calgary Fire Department through the Public Information Officer at firstname.lastname@example.org