Calgary Fire crews quickly respond to building fire on Centre Street
One person on scene found with burns
On Wednesday evening of October 17th, just before 5 p.m., multiple citizens called 9-1-1 to report smoke coming from a residential building located at the 3700 block of Centre Street North.
Due to the size of the building and amount of smoke and fire visible when crews arrived, the incident commander upgraded to a second alarm for additional resources.
First arriving fire crews could see smoke and flames coming from one of the units in the building, which has a total of 16 residential suites. Residents had already evacuated prior to CFD arrival on scene so it is unknown exactly how many people are temporarily displaced.
One male was found at the back of the building with burns to his body. The patient was transferred to EMS for care and transport. A search of the building found no other residents or pets inside.
The fire was quickly brought under control by firefighters and a fire investigator has been called to the scene to start the investigation into the origin and cause of this fire.
One unit sustained severe damage with some fire and smoke damage to a second unit located immediately above.
Fire crews are currently looking for hot spots and ventilating smoke from other parts of the building.
It is not known at this time if the unit where the fire originated had working smoke alarms however other unit occupants were alerted to the fire by working smoke alarms.
Depending on air quality results inside the suites which were not directly impacted by the fire, it is hoped that those residents can return home later this evening some time.
Working smoke alarms save lives:
- Test your smoke alarm monthly
- Change the battery yearly
- Replace all smoke alarms after 10 years whether hard wired or battery operated
- Discuss and practise a home escape plan
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