Calgary, AB,

Calgary Fire Department Responds to Residential Fire in Bowness

At approximately 6:30 Wednesday evening, the Calgary Fire Department responded to a house fire at the 4700 block of Bowness Road NW. Fire crews arrived at the incident address to find a four-plex style residential building with visible smoke and flames showing from the roof of the structure.

Firefighters initiated an aggressive interior attack to contain the fire to the suite of origin. Fire attack crews quickly knocked down the flames in the ceiling of the source suite and continue to work at the scene conducting salvage and overhaul operations.

No fire or smoke damage was found after a search in the adjoining units, but one lower suite did suffer minor water damage as a result of the firefighting operations. All nine residents and two dogs from the four suites safely self-evacuated prior to the fire crews arrival on scene. Functioning smoke alarms were present and sounding in the suite where the fire started.

Local traffic in the area was affected with Bowness Road being closed in both directions. Calgary Police Service diverted traffic and provided assistance to residents of the affected building. No one was injured and a fire investigator remains on scene. 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.