CALGARY – Fire investigators are analyzing footage captured by Global News, of a fire that forced over a dozen people from their homes.
Fire crews were called to a blaze in the 4000 block of Centre Street N.E. around 8 p.m. on Sunday.
Four occupants of the fourplex were already outside of the building when crews arrived.
Officials say the fast-moving fire started under the wooden stairs at the front of the home, and entered a lower-level apartment through a window which broke due to the heat.
Once the fire at the exterior of the home was extinguished, crews entered the building to continue their battle.
The lower-level apartment and the one above it both sustained damage from the heat and smoke. The rest of the complex however, sustained only minor damage.
Crews were later called back to the scene of the fire, after it reignited early Monday morning when Global News crews were on scene.
“The biggest problem with this one was the fact the stairs that had burned out from last night,” says Bat. Chief Al Magwood. “We had to use the aerial ladder and gain entry through a window.”
The fire is considered suspicious, and investigators believe the second blaze may have started at a separate location.
“This one was on the second storey apartment, as opposed to last night where it was on the stair area.”
Investigators are now looking at the video footage captured by Global News.
“Smoke can tell us different things, and our investigators are looking at that footage, which is very helpful,” explains public information officer Carole Henke. “That will factor into our investigation.”
Thermal imaging was used to ensure hot spots were extinguished before fire crews left the original scene on Sunday night. Fortunately, no one was injured in either fire.