Calgary Fire Department responds to 3 alarm structure fire in SE.
Just after 6:00 AM this morning Calgary 9-1-1 received a report of an outside fire behind a strip mall in the 5700 block of 17 Ave. SE.
The Calgary Fire Department (CFD) was dispatched and on arrival determined that the outside fire had spread to the structure. Due to the type of construction and the business types occupying the structure, a second alarm was called to ensure the correct number of resources were on scene. Fire crews worked quickly to extinguish the exterior fire, control the spread of fire in the structure and ensure there were no occupants in any of the businesses. As fire efforts continued a third alarm was called, again to ensure enough resources were on scene for this type of fire and building. CFD crews worked on the roof of the building, creating large fire breaks to stop the spread of fire and to allow water streams to penetrate the ceiling voids which was critical to extinguishment.
Alberta Health Services (AHS) were on standby, but no injuries were reported. Due to the time of day and the day of the week no occupants were in the building at the time of the fire. Calgary Police Services were also on scene to assist with security and scene safety.
Enmax was on scene to control the flow of utilities. The Calgary Fire Department Investigators were also on scene to determine the cause and origin of the fire. At this time it is confirmed the fire did start on the exterior of the building with the cause still under investigation.
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