Calgary, AB,

Calgary Fire Department Battles Fires in Bowness and Forest Lawn

Fire crews were kept busy as simultaneous fire operations were on going at opposite sides of the city.

At approximately 10:00 this evening, the Calgary Fire Department responded to reports of a house fire in the 4500 block of Bowness Road NW. On arrival crews were faced with a fully involved structure fire. First arriving crews pulled lines from the engine to protect the exposures structures while at the same time an aerial ladder truck set up a water tower to knock down flames on the source structure. Firefighters then initiated an aggressive interior attack to knock down the remainder of the flames. ATCO Gas and Enmax were on scene to shut down gas and power to the bungalow style home. The Calgary Police Service was required to shut down traffic along Bowness Road NW during the incident operations. Although there were initial reports that occupants may have been in the home upon Calgary Fire arrival, it was confirmed that all occupants had safely self evacuated prior to the fire crews arriving on scene. There were no reports of injuries at the incident. The home suffered significant structural damage and cannot be reoccupied. Crews remain at the incident to control hot spots and the cause of the fire has yet to be determined.

Across the other side of the city, at approximately 10:15 this evening, fire crews were called to the 2400 block of 50 Street SE. While en route to the fire, a second alarm was called as a precautionary measure, due to the large volume of observable smoke. Crews arrived at the scene to find visible flames and smoke coming from the rear of a bay of a commercial strip mall. Crews worked quickly to gain entry to the occupancy and extinguish the flames. Firefighters remain on scene to extinguish hot spots. There were no reports of injuries and the cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Both incident sites will have fire crews maintain fire watch throughout the night.