March 30, 2019 12:42 am
Updated: March 30, 2019 8:58 pm

Firefighters battle blaze at former Balzac Meats site north of Calgary

WATCH (March 30, 2019): Crews were still on scene at a large fire on an acreage near Balzac, Alta., on Saturday. As Jenna Freeman reports, the blaze started Friday night but it's been a stubborn fire to contain — and it's not the first time this property has been up in flames.


Firefighters were called to a blaze that broke out at the former Balzac Meats site north of Calgary on Friday night.

The fire caused a large outbuilding to collapse down on itself, Dax Huba, the district chief of the Rocky View Fire Department, told Global News.

No one was at the scene of the fire and therefore no injuries were reported, Huba said.

Ben Penner, owner of YYC Rentals, is a tenant on the property and stored equipment in the shed that burned down.

“It was ferocious, it was fierce,” he said Saturday. “It’s horrible. You spend 20 years saving and trying to get ahead and then something like this happens. It really sets you back.

“Nobody got hurt, that’s the main thing. Equipment can be replaced [and] it could have been a lot worse.”

The fire broke out at the same site where a large blaze was sparked last summer.

READ MORE: Overnight fire destroys Balzac Meats building

About 14 fire trucks were called to the scene, Huba said.

The cause of the fire is not known.

View photos of the fire in the gallery below:

– With files from Jenna Freeman

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