Calgary, AB,

Calgary fire crews fight south west hotel fire

At approximately 12:40 this afternoon, 9-1-1 received a call to report a fire in the room of a hotel located at the 7500 block of Macleod Trail S.W. One individual was registered to that room and early reports were that someone was possibly trapped.

When fire crews arrived on scene, they found an unconscious man in the smoke filled hallway who had been pulled from his room by unknown individuals. Firefighters rescued the victim, taking him out from the hallway to waiting EMS personnel who assessed and transported him to an area hospital.

Firefighters quickly extinguished the fire which was contained to the room of origin. Damage to the room is significant and there is some smoke damage to the hallway as well.

The hotel was evacuated, resulting in 15 guests being temporarily displaced. Guests will be allowed back in when fire crews deem the building safe.

"Hotels and motels can be more challenging to evacuate due to the lack of familiarity with escape routes and exits. Always familiarize yourself with with escape plan and emergency procedures posted in your room." recommends Carol Henke, Public Information Officer with the Calgary Fire Department.

A Calgary Fire Department fire investigator is on scene to determine the exact origin and cause of this fire.