Calgary Fire Department Responds to Fire at South East Apartment Building
At approximately 11:40 PM this evening, the Calgary Fire Department responded to reports of a building fire in the 2900 block of 17 St SE. An occupant inside the structure activated the 911 system after they became aware of the fire from the building central alarm system. Upon arrival fire crews found a 3 story multi-unit residential structure with no flames or smoke showing. The fire on the main floor was kept in check by the activation of the local sprinkler system. During investigation, firefighters found light smoke in the hallways and common areas. Firefighters then made their way to the suite of origin where they were quickly knocked down the remaining flames limiting damage to the room of origin. Two Calgary Transit buses were called in to assist with the 75 people (all adults) who required evacuation during the firefighting operations. A single adult male and a dog will be relocated to vacant unit in the building, and all other occupants will be allowed to reoccupy their suites. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
The Calgary Fire Department would like to remind citizens that pre-planning fire escape routes and having a pre-arranged meeting point may help save lives.