Calgary Fire Crews Fight Three Alarm Industrial Fire in South East
At approximately 12:20 p.m. on Wednesday, January 5, 2022, Calgary fire crews were called to the 3300 block of Bonnybrook Road South East for reports of a fire on the roof of a large building. On arrival at the industrial complex, smoke was visible and a working fire was declared by the first arriving fire engine. A second alarm was called 30 minutes later for additional resources due to the extreme cold weather. Extra crews were needed to allow firefighters to cycle through rehabilitation and to warm up more frequently. This is a necessary practice for the health and safety of firefighters during severely cold weather conditions.
19 employees were evacuated and safely housed in another of the facility's buildings that was not impacted by the fire.
A third alarm was called for more fire crews. The challenge for firefighters was that the fire was located directly under a heating unit and was spreading inside the spray foam insulation covering most of the roof in that area.
To assist firefighters, the company brought in a crane which was used to remove the large heating unit so that fire crews had better access to the fire and any remaining hot spots. Crews successfully brought the fire under control by 2:30 p.m.
No injuries have been reported and a fire investigator has arrived on scene to determine the origin and cause of this fire. Damage as a result of the fire was confined to the outside roof area and to the heating unit.