Calgary, AB,

Crews extinguish fire in Bowness

At 7:04 this morning, multiple calls came into the 9-1-1 with reports of smoke coming from a three story multi-family dwelling in the 4500 block of 73rd Street N.W.

Upon arrival crews saw smoke coming from the balcony of the second-floor apartment where the heat inside the room had caused the balcony windows to break. Crews applied water to the inside and outside of the structure to cool it before entering the residence. They found one man inside and crews immediately began CPR while carrying the man out of the apartment. The man was in life-threatening condition and was immediately transferred to EMS.

Crews extinguished the fire, containing it to the suite of origin, and then conducted air-quality analysis throughout the building. Once they determined that the air quality was safe, residents were allowed to re-enter their suites.

The cause of the fire is unknown and under investigation. “We cannot speculate on the cause of the fire,” says Battalion Chief Stu Laird, Calgary Fire Department. “Fire investigators remain on scene, and at this time it’s impossible to predict how long the investigation will take.”

Laird also says the building and the suite where the fire was located had working smoke alarms and crews could hear the alarms as they entered the building.