August 24, 2014 8:34 am
Updated: August 25, 2014 4:58 pm

Smoke alarms not working in fatal southeast fire


A 43 year old man is dead after fire crews pulled him from a house fire in Forest Lawn Sunday morning.

The fire broke out around 3:30 a.m. at 14th Avenue and 38th Street S.E.

Upon arrival, crews discovered a small amount of smoke coming from a basement window of a single family bungalow.

A second man had already made it out of the home on his own. He was taken to hospital for minor smoke inhalation.

The firefighters entered the house and began searching for potential victims.

They found smoke billowing out of the basement bedroom and located a man inside the bedroom.

EMS transported him to Foothills Hospital in critical, life-threatening condition. He has since died of his injuries.

The fire was quickly extinguished in the bedroom and the house received only minor damage.

The Calgary Fire Department says it’s a tragic example of the importance of having working smoke dectectors in your home.

“Crews had a tough time trying to locate smoke detectors and the ones that were there didn’t appear to be working,” says Battalion Chief Alan Ball.

Investigators are still looking into a cause.

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