Fire Crews Respond To Two Alarm Fire On Country Hills Drive NW
At approximately 9:45 am this morning, Calgary Fire Department (CFD) crews responded to the 400 block of Country Hills Drive NW for reports of a structure fire.
Upon arrival, CFD found a fully involved single family residence, with flames and smoke burning through the roof of the structure. Fire was also extending to neighbors’ homes when CFD arrived. The residents were made aware of the fire by a neighbor, and all people inside evacuated safely before CFD’s arrival.
Shortly after arriving, a second alarm was struck by CFD to ensure adequate resources on scene.
Crews quickly worked to extinguish the main body of flames as well as protect exposures on either side of the home where the fire originated. A thorough search of all affected residences confirmed that no people were inside, though two cats were still missing at midday.
Multiple residences along the block were evacuated to ensure public safety. Residents from three homes have been displaced and are being assessed by Calgary Emergency Management Agency (CEMA) to determine needs.
Fire is under control at this time and crews are remaining on scene to ensure full extinguishment.
One patient was transported to hospital by AHS with smoke inhalation.
The CFD would like to remind citizens that improper disposal of smoking materials such as tobacco products is the leading cause of outdoor fires in Calgary. The CFD recommends that homeowners:
- Never put out cigarettes or smoking materials in plant pots, peat moss, your lawn or garden. Use a deep, wide, sturdy ceramic or metal container filled part way with water or sand.
- Do not store propane tanks, firewood or yard waste next to your house.
- Prune all tree branches within two meters of the ground and plant new trees at least three meters apart.
- Assess potential fire hazards within 30 meters of your home, including natural debris, trees and other structures.
The fire investigator is on scene conducting an investigation. Cause of the fire is yet to be determined.