March 24, 2017 9:29 pm
Updated: March 25, 2017 2:15 pm

Southeast Calgary home destroyed by fire

WATCH: A devastating fire destroyed a home in the community of Sundance Friday night. One family was left homeless but as Lisa MacGregor reports, it could have been much worse.


Fire destroyed a home in Calgary’s southeast neighbourhood of Sundance Friday night.

Crews responded to Sunvista Court at around 5:30 p.m. to a home fully engulfed in flames.

Bursts of flames lit up the front windows of neighbours next door and smoke could be seen billowing from across the city.

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“I just came outside and I saw that the house was on fire so I started screaming for help and for anyone to get out because I knew there were kids in that house,” Trista Ridge, a neighbour, said. “Then we saw the door open and we saw the two boys were in there, so we had to get them to come out but we had to coach them through it and then thankfully they got out.”

Fire officials said two teenage boys were home at the time and sleeping, before they were woken up by the blaze but they did evacuate safely.

No injuries were reported and all four family members that live in the house were accounted for, according to the Calgary Fire Department.

“The mother did assure me that everybody was safe and uninjured,” acting battalion chief Randy Mcrae said. “Luckily we were able to hold this fire to a single home which is completely destroyed…….the homes on each side are largely undamaged.’

The house that caught fire is a total loss. Homes next door were also evacuated until crews felt it was safe enough to return.

Officials continue to investigate what caused the fire and where it started.

Crews remained on scene throughout the night to monitor hot spots.



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