Calgary, AB,

Calgary Fire Department Responds to House Fire in Saddle Ridge

At approximately 5:20 this morning, the Calgary Fire Department responded to reports of a house fire in the 100 block of Saddlemont Crescent NE. The first responding fire crews called for a 2nd alarm response while en-route, due to the volume of smoke and fire glow observed. Upon arrival, the fire had self vented from the rear of the single family home. Fire crews quickly set up an elevated water tower to extinguish flames from the source home and to protect the neighboring structures. Firefighters then transitioned to an interior attack to extinguish the flames and conduct primary and secondary searches. The two occupants of the source structure safely self evacuated with a pet dog prior to Calgary Fire Department arrival, being awoken to the fire by the smell of smoke. Two other adjacent homes were briefly evacuated for precautionary reasons and residents were allowed to reoccupy a short time later. Fire crews on scene contained the fire to the address of origin, but the extensive structural damage will make it unlikely for residents to reoccupy in the short term. Calgary Fire Department was assisted on scene by the Calgary Police Service, Alberta Health Services, ATCO Gas and Enmax. Firefighters remain at the incident searching for hot spots and possible fire extension. No one was injured at the scene and the cause of the fire remains under investigation.

The Calgary Fire Department would like to remind citizens that functioning smoke alarms can help save lives.