August 10, 2018 7:58 am
Updated: August 10, 2018 6:22 pm

3 people displaced after 2-alarm house fire in southeast Calgary

WATCH: Three men are homeless after their house in Calgary’s Chaparral neighbourhood caught fire on Friday morning. Crews responded to the blaze around 1:30 a.m. and quickly called a second alarm. Sarah Offin has more from the scene.

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A two-alarm fire destroyed a home in Calgary’s southeast on Friday morning.

At around 1:30 a.m., Calgary fire said they were called to a report of a house fire on Chaparral Crescent S.E.

“Reports came in that there was significant flame, mostly from the exterior rear portion of the house,” Calgary fire battalion chief Bruce Barrs said.

WATCH: Viewer video of two-alarm house fire in southeast Calgary neighbourhood.


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Fire crews immediately went to work to put out the fire and prevent it from spreading to other homes.

“The whole house was engulfed in flames and it spread toward the front,” said next-door resident Tim Redwood.  “First thing I did was I have a garden hose on the side of the house so I just turned the water on and started wetting down the whole side of my house.”

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Residents of the affected homes got out safely, but three people have been displaced by the fire and are being assisted by the Calgary Emergency Management Agency, fire said.

“I never [thought] there [would] be a fire of this proportion,” said Humberto Contreres, who lived in the destroyed home. “I [didn’t] take nothing…no cellphone, no wallet, my car.”

No injuries have been reported and firefighters said the cause of the blaze is under investigation.

Two other homes on the street received only minor damage.

READ MORE: Calgary police seeking information from public in suspected arson

 

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