Calgary Fire Department Responds To Tragic Basement Fire in Dalhousie

At approximately 11:30 on the morning of  Wednesday, January 4th, Calgary fire crews were called to a home on Dalton Drive N.W. for reports of smoke coming from the basement suite. 9-1-1 received multiple calls including information that there may possibly be an occupant still inside the basement as well as four cats on the main floor.

When firefighters arrived on scene, heavy smoke could be seen coming from the basement. Upon searching the basement, an unresponsive man was found and brought outside. CPR was immediately started and patient care was quickly transferred to EMS for treatment and transport  to the hospital. The fire was brought under control and the search for the four cats commenced.  The first cat was  brought out and resuscitation efforts were attempted by firefighters. Sadly, they were unsuccessful. Three other cats were found deceased due to smoke inhalation.

Tragically, the individual that firefighters rescued from the basement, succumbed to his injuries.  Calgary Police Service officers are working to identify the man and notify family members/next of kin.

Calgary Fire Department Fire Investigators are on scene to determine the origin and cause of this fire and are working with Calgary Police Service Arson Detectives who are called to significant fires including serious injuries and fatalities. 

Anybody who has information, photos or video of the fire especially prior to CFD arrival on scene is asked to send them to