CALGARY – An early morning fire in the city’s northwest on Monday caused damage to multiple homes.
The blaze broke out along Kincora Drive N.W. around 4:30 a.m.
Firefighters arrived to discover two homes engulfed in flames.
They used high volume fans to pressurize adjacent homes and minimize possible smoke damage.
“What the crews did on arrival is just to protect the other exposures, so the buildings that are adjacent, just to make sure we contain the fire,” explains Stu Laird from the Calgary Fire Department. “We’re pumping a lot of air into them to make sure the smoke doesn’t get into those other structures.”
Although residents living in the affected homes managed to get out safely, officials say one person had to be taken to hospital after they re-entered their house to retrieve a personal possession.
Two young newlyweds were among those forced from their home due to the fire.
“When we first got out of the home we made sure everybody in the next door neighbour’s house was okay,” says Jamie Palmer. “But then what do you do? We really just sat there and watched it.”
In total three homes were damaged by the blaze.
It’s unknown if the house where the fire originated will be salvageable.