Calgary, AB,

Calgary Fire Department responds to apartment fire downtown




At approximately 3:00 this afternoon, fire crews were called to the 700 block of 14th Avenue SW for a building fire. On arrival, smoke was seen coming from the 16 unit building. Two dozen people were evacuated and temporarily sheltered at the Lougheed House. An aquarium with snakes was also rescued from one of the units. Fire migrated through the walls causing firefighters to remove drywall on multiple floors. The fire was brought under control and has now been extinguished. Fire crews are currently assessing the extent of the damage as well as the air quality. A determination will be made as to which suites will be allowed to be reoccupied. Firefighters will also escort residents into their suites in order to retrieve possessions they may need in the immediate future. No injuries were reported as a result of this fire and a Calgary Fire Department Investigator is on scene to determine cause and origin.