May 11, 2014 2:43 pm

Calgary Fire crews battle two early morning fires in City’s south

Automotive garage fire on 12 Ave. and 12 St. S.W.

Global News

Two early morning fires kept Calgary fire crews busy Sunday morning, as flames from one of them threatened nearby homes.

The first fire broke out on 12th Ave. and 12th St. S.W. at 1:30 a.m. at an automotive garage. Crews arrived to find smoke and flames shooting from the building. A nearby three storey apartment building was evacuated as a precaution.

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“There’s always a concern when you’re not sure what’s inside the building as far as explosion hazards.” says Battalion Chief, Al Magwood with the Calgary Fire Department. “But we took the precautions we needed.”

Calgary Fire called in a 2nd alarm to bring the flames under control.

About 2 hours later, crews responded to another fire in the 4400 Block of 54 Ave. S.E. The facility in the Foothills Industrial park houses a concrete manufacturing business.

“There were some issues trying to find the seed of the fire,” says Magwood. We used thermal imaging cameras, which picks up heat coming from the fire. It was quickly located and it was extinguished.”

Investigators are trying to determine what started both fires.

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