A family was displaced from their home after a fire in the northwest Calgary community of Kincora on Wednesday.
Firefighters were called to the single-family home just before noon after a neighbour smelled smoke, went outside and saw flames shooting from a basement window.
It took crews about an hour to gain control of the fire, Calgary Fire Department spokesperson Carol Henke said, adding they had to evacuate the home and fight from the outside due to concerns over the structural integrity of the house.
No one was inside at the time of the blaze, investigators said. No injuries were reported.
The fire was contained to one home, but houses on either side were evacuated as a precaution, Henke said.
The fire tore through the basement and main floor, causing structural damage, the CFD said, adding that the entire home sustained smoke damage. Calgary fire said there was no smoke alarm found on the second floor of the home. It wasn’t known whether there were any elsewhere in the home due to the extent of the damage.
Investigators are working to determine the cause of the fire, which is believed to have started in the basement. Henke said crews would likely stay at the scene through the night to monitor hot spots.