Calgary Fire Responds to Two-Alarm House Fire in Evanston

At approximately 0150 hours this morning, the Calgary Fire Department (CFD) responded to multiple 911 calls reporting a fire in the 100 block of Evansbrooke Way NW.  Enroute, flames could be seen from a distance away.  Upon arrival, the Fire Officer in command called a second alarm due to the significant amount of fire and the impingement of flames to houses on either side of the source home. 

Crews immediately secured a water supply and attacked the fire with large diameter hoses while setting up aerial ladders to battle the flames from above.  Crews ensured that all occupants were evacuated and accounted for and brought the fire under control.

At its peak, there were 17 fire apparatus on scene, with 41 firefighters.  Damage to the source home is extensive, with significant damage to a neighbouring house.  One other house suffered minor exterior damage.  In total 11 people and 3 dogs were displaced.

One occupant suffered second degree burns while evacuating and was treated and transported to hospital by EMS.

Numerous partners assisted at the scene, including Calgary Police who were in the area when the fire was first discovered and immediately evacuated the neighbouring homes prior to the CFD’s arrival.  Their quick actions ensured that these occupants were able to evacuate safely.  EMS was on scene to ensure firefighter and civilian safety and they assessed numerous evacuees.  ATCO Gas was on scene to ensure that the gas utilities were isolated, while Enmax assisted with shutting down power to the affected homes, ensuring responder safety. 

Fire investigators are on scene to determine the cause and origin of the fire.  Fire crews will remain on scene throughout the morning to ensure all hot spots are extinguished and there is no further fire extension.

The Calgary Fire Department would like to remind all Calgarians to plan at least two different escape routes out of your home in case of a fire and have a meeting place to confirm all members are out.  In addition, ensure you have working smoke alarms on all levels of your home.