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8 people displaced after destructive fire rips through Calgary home

Calgary firefighters battled a blaze in the southeast community of Prestwick just after 10 p.m. on Thursday, July 25, 2019. .
Calgary firefighters battled a blaze in the southeast community of Prestwick just after 10 p.m. on Thursday, July 25, 2019. . Global News / Tom Reynolds

Eight people will have to find another place to stay following a damaging house fire in the southeast Calgary community of Prestwick on Thursday.

Firefighters were called to the home in the 200 block of Prestwick Manor S.E. just after 10 p.m.

When they arrived, crews found the back of the two-storey home engulfed in flames.

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Firefighters doused the flames and took measures to try to prevent them from spreading to neighbouring homes.

“We do have some minor damage to the exposures on both sides but it was kept contained by our fire crews,” acting District Chief Keith Stahl told Global News

Calgary firefighters battled a blaze in the southeast community of Prestwick just after 10 p.m. on Thursday, July 25, 2019.
Calgary firefighters battled a blaze in the southeast community of Prestwick just after 10 p.m. on Thursday, July 25, 2019. Global News

No one was home at the time of the fire.

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“This structure was being used as a short-term rental and the people were all at a party,” Stahl explained.

The residents — seven adults and one child — will be displaced due to the amount of destruction the fire caused.

“The damage is fairly extensive both on the outside of the house to the roof of the house, and to the upstairs and main floor of the interior of the house,” Stahl said.

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The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Both ATCO and Enmax attended the scene to shut down the natural gas and electricity.

Calgary firefighters battled a blaze in the southeast community of Prestwick just after 10 p.m. on Thursday, July 25, 2019.
Calgary firefighters battled a blaze in the southeast community of Prestwick just after 10 p.m. on Thursday, July 25, 2019. Global News