Calgary, AB,

Calgary fire crews fight house fire in Oakridge

Shortly after 4:00 this afternoon, a woman passing by called 9-1-1 to report smoke coming from a house on Oakmount Way S.W. When fire crews arrived on scene, they encountered heavy black smoke and flames coming from the single family residence.

Upon entering the house, they found that the stairs and main floor had been structurally compromised and could therefore not immediately safely fight the fire from the inside. Steps were taken to find other ways to access areas inside the house to find the seat of the fire.

One firefighter came across a kitten just outside a the side door. The kitten was taken from the fire scene and given to a neighbour to hold until a pet box was retrieved. A second kitten was found under the side door step approximately an hour later once the fire was out.

Nobody was living in the home at the time and there were no reported injuries as a result of the fire. Fire investigators were at the scene to determine the exact origin and cause of the fire. If anybody who was in the area at the time of the fire has photos, video or information especially prior to Calgary Fire Department arrival on scene, please email

The two kittens were determined to be bobcats and have been taken to the Fish Creek Pet Hospital where they were cleaned, assessed for injuries and hydrated.  They will be transferred to the Calgary Wildlife Rehabilitation Society as soon as possible.