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No injuries reported as Calgary fire crews respond to 2 basement blazes

Calgary fire crews responded to a basement fire in the northeast on Tuesday, March 5. Global News

Calgary fire crews were kept busy on Tuesday with two separate basement fires.

The first happened at about 9 a.m. at a home on River Rock Place S.E., according to the fire department.

The one occupant who was at home at the time of the blaze told investigators she smelled a slight odour before being alerted to the fire by smoke alarms.

She was able to evacuate safely and then called 911, officials said. When firefighters arrived, they saw smoke coming from the house.

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They were able to get inside the basement and quickly get the blaze under control and extinguish it, the fire department said.

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Calgary fire said a pet cat was initially reported lost after the fire, but it was found alive by firefighters soon after.

Fire crews were called to a second blaze in northeast Calgary at about 12:20 p.m. Tuesday, after a neighbour called 911.

Calgary fire crews on the scene of a basement fire in Riverbend on Tuesday, March 5. Global News

When firefighters arrived at the home on Templeridge Close N.E., they saw smoke billowing from one part of a four-unit townhouse.

The fire was located in the basement and quickly contained, Calgary fire said.

Firefighters reported hearing no smoke alarms when they entered the building.

No one was found inside the home when fire crews searched it, and no injuries were reported. Officials don’t know how many people lived in the home.

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Investigators are working to determine the cause of both fires.

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