Calgary, AB,

Pallet Fire in South East Escalates to 2nd Alarm Blaze

At approximately 11:15 this evening, the Calgary Fire Department responded to reports of a fire in the 3500 block of 52 Street SE. While en route to the incident address, the first incoming engine called for additional resources due to the large volume of visible flames and smoke. Firefighters arrived on scene to find a pallet recycling shop that was fully involved in flames. A full second alarm was called to provide the necessary resources to fight the fire that was threatening additional structures on the industrial lots. Crews set up multiple aerial ladder trucks with master streams to battle the large fire loads. Due to warm weather conditions with little wind, air quality was initially a concern resulting in an air monitoring unit dispatched to the incident. Air quality testing results showed nothing remarkable. ATCO and Enmax were on scene to provide assistance by shutting down utilities to the affected lots. Traffic in the area was impacted due to the closure of 52 St. SE in the incident proximity. No injuries were reported at scene. Fire crews remain on scene at this time conducting overhaul operations and extinguishing hot spots. Fire investigators are also on scene but the cause of the fire remains unknown at this time.