Calgary, AB,
02
April
2016
|
20:48
America/Denver

Calgary Fire Department battles two alarm blaze in the south east

At approximately 10:45 this morning, Calgary fire crews were called to the 2400 block of 48th street S.E. for a building fire. Even before arriving on scene, the fire captain called for second alarm due to the black smoke visible from a distance. The address is a multi unit residential building in which one suite was fully involved on fire crews' arrival.

Firefighters quickly doused the flames in order to search all of the suites. No people were found inside and all occupants had self evacuated prior to fire department arrival at the address. One cat from the source suite is unaccounted for at this time.

The fire is currently under control and firefighters are performing overhaul and searching for hot spots using thermal imaging cameras.

There is significant damage to the suite of origin as well as the suite above. There is also smoke damage to the other units in the building. At least 12 people will be displaced for some time. 

During firefighting efforts, firefighters heard the sounds of activated smoke alarms in several suites in the building which serves as an important reminder that working smoke alarms save lives. 

The Calgary Emergency Management Agency (CEMA) and the Red Cross will be assisting the displaced occupants with their immediate needs.

Fire investigators are on scene to determine the origin and cause of the fire. If anyone has photos, video or information regarding this fire, please send them to piofire@calgary.ca

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