Calgary Fire Department responds to fire at downtown apartment building

At approximately 12:35 Thursday morning, the Calgary Fire Department responded to the 1300 block of 16 Ave SW for reports of a building fire. Upon arrival fire crews found a three story multi-unit residential structure with flames rolling out of a top floor unit and onto the balcony. Fire crews used hand lines from the exterior ground level to quickly knock back the fire and contain the flames before making entry to the building. Firefighters then made their way to the top floor where they were successfully able to contain the fire to the unit of origin.

One occupant of the 15 suite complex was treated and transported by Alberta Health Services. The remaining 10 residents of the complex will be relocated by the property manager due to smoke and water damage. Enmax was also on scene to shut down power to the building, contributing to safer firefighting and overhaul operations. Fire crews remain on scene to check for hot spots and fire extension. The exact origin and cause of the fire is unknown and remains under investigation.

The Calgary Fire Department would like to remind citizens that pre-planning your fire escape routes for a quick and safe evacuation can reduce the risk of injury due to growing fire and smoke conditions.