Calgary, AB,

Calgary Fire Crews Respond to House Fire in Oakridge

At approximately 4:25 this afternoon, the Calgary Fire Department responded to a single family house fire in the 100 block of Oakhampton Place SW. The call came to dispatch from the home owner who was met with smoke at their front entrance. Upon entry through the front door, fire crews encountered smoke and high heat. Firefighters then initiated an aggressive interior search to locate the seat of the fire. Fire attack crews made their way to the basement  where they found the source of the flames, and quickly extinguished the fire. A thorough search of the residence confirmed no occupants remained in the home. No injuries to civilians or firefighters were reported, however, due to the high heat and smoke a cat and hamster perished at the incident. Firefighters performed CPR on the cat, but despite these efforts were not able to revive the animal. Working smoke alarms were activated, unfortunately no one was home and the alarms were not heard by neighbors. Two adults and two children will be displaced as a result of the fire damage in the home. Fire crews and apparatus remain on scene for fire watch. The fire investigator is also on scene but the cause of the fire remains under investigation.

The Calgary Fire Department would like to remind citizens that functioning smoke alarms can help save lives. Smoke alarms should be tested once a month and replaced every ten years.