Fire Crews Battle Second Alarm Fire in Scenic Acres
Fire Crews Battle 2nd Alarm Fire in Scenic Acres
At approximately 10:00 this morning, the Calgary Fire Department responded to reports of a house fire in the 9900 block of Scurfield Drive NW. A large plume of smoke was visible as fire crews approached the location and on arrival, fire crews were faced with a large volume of flames and smoke from 2 homes. The first arriving officer immediately called for a second alarm response.
Firefighters initiated an aggressive exterior attack using engine mounted water nozzles and hand lines to contain the flames to the two involved structures. Once the exterior flames were knocked down, crews advanced to the interior of both houses, knocking down flames and conducting searches.
Both homes suffered significant structural damage and will not be able to be occupied this evening. A third exposure house also suffered minor damage when siding was melted due to the radiant heat from the source home. All occupants at home at the time of the blaze successfully self-evacuated prior to the arrival of fire crews. Working smoke alarms were in place in both homes, but occupants were alerted to the fire by neighbors. A healthy cat was also successfully located inside one of the homes and returned to its owner.
Calgary Police Service assisted with local traffic in the area by shutting down Scurrfield Drive to allow large volume water hoses to supply engines. Alberta Health Services sent one occupant to hospital for precautionary reasons. ATCO and Enmax were also on scene to provide assistance by shutting down gas and power to the affected structures.
Fire crews remain on scene at this time conducting salvage and overhaul operations. Fire investigators are also on scene but the cause of the fire remains unknown at this time.
The Calgary Fire Department would like to remind citizens that functioning smoke alarms can help save lives.