June 10, 2014 9:27 am
Updated: June 10, 2014 10:42 am

Three people escape Bowness fire

A file photo of a firefighter surveying the scene of an emergency call.

Fire Department

CALGARY – The Red Cross will be helping three people left homeless after an early morning fire in Bowness.

Crews rushed to the 8900 block of 34 Avenue N.W. around 3:30 a.m. on Tuesday.

When they arrived, firefighters found three adults standing outside of a fourplex, who said their lower level unit had caught fire.

One of the residents had heard the fire and told his roommates to get out.

The entire building was evacuated as crews battled the blaze.

The only unit damaged was the one where the fire originated.

The Red Cross is assisting the occupants by providing emergency food, hygiene kits, clothing and accommodation for 72 hours.

Officials say although the unit that caught fire did have a smoke detector, it didn’t go off because its battery was dead.

The incident has prompted the Calgary Fire Department to remind Calgarians to inspect their smoke detectors regularly, and replace batteries twice a year.

In addition, officials say detectors should be replaced every ten years.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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