March 20, 2015 7:32 am
Updated: March 20, 2015 10:39 am

Fire crews battle two blazes in southeast Calgary

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ABOVE: Fire crews responded to two fires in the city’s southeast on Friday. Jenna Freeman reports.

CALGARY – The Calgary Fire Department battled two blazes in the city’s southeast on Friday morning.

Crews were first called to plastic recycling plant Carpenter Canada Co. in the 5880 block of 36th Street S.E. just before 2 a.m.

When they arrived, firefighters found smoke pouring from the building.

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They managed to extinguish the fire, and credit an in-building sprinkler system for keeping the blaze in check before they arrived.

Once the fire was extinguished, crews still had concerns about whether air quality would be impacted, as burning plastic can release toxic gases.

However, fire officials say the air gradually cleared up.

Fire crews were returning to their station around 3 a.m. when they were called to a second fire along Frobisher Boulevard S.E

Crews arrived at the scene to find a detached garage engulfed in flames, as well as a downed power line.

Firefighters evacuated nearby homes as a precaution, and managed to extinguish the blaze by utilizing a combination of foam and water.

Although there was extensive damage to the garage, there was no damage to adjacent homes.

In both cases there were no injuries.

Firefighters respond to a blaze along Frobisher Boulevard S.E. on Friday, March 20, 2015.

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