Calgary Fire Department Responds to House Fire in Coventry Hills
At approximately 3:30 this morning, the Calgary Fire Department responded to a house fire in the 100 block of Covehaven Garden NE. Upon arrival, fire crews were faced with a fully involved single family 2 story home, with flames venting from the street side second floor windows. Firefighters immediately sent water streams through second floor windows using a deck mounted water nozzle to knock down the flames from the exterior of the house. This quick transitional fire attack allowed for safer structure entry and to protect the adjacent homes from heat and fire spread. Fire crews then entered the house to conduct a primary search and extinguish the remaining flames. Six residents were home at the time of the incident, who were alerted to the fire by a working smoke alarm. All residents safely self evacuated the house prior to Calgary Fire Department arrival on scene. No injuries were reported at the incident and the cause of the fire remains under investigation.
The Calgary Fire Department would like to remind citizens that working smoke alarms save lives. Citizens should ensure they have a working smoke alarm on every level of their home, to test their smoke alarms once a month, and replace smoke alarm batteries once a year. Because fire can double in size in just 30 seconds, residents may have less than three minutes to safely evacuate. The Fire Department recommends that families practice a home escape plan twice a year and ensure everyone in the house knows that when they hear a smoke alarm, they should immediately evacuate the house and call 911 from a safe location.