A man in his 30s was taken to hospital after suffering life-threatening burns in a fire at a duplex, Calgary EMS confirmed Friday night.
Firefighters were called to the fire in the 6000 block of 8 Avenue S.E., the Calgary Fire Department said in a news release.
“Smoke was showing from the rear of the structure when firefighters arrived on the scene,” the CFD said. “Firefighters quickly initiated a fire attack and interior search and were able to knock down and control the main body of fire.
“When they entered the residence, one patient was found, removed and transferred to Alberta Health Services for continued care, treatment and transport.”
The CFD said no other injuries were reported but two cats at the duplex are missing. The fire department said four people escaped from the residence before firefighters arrived.
Ashley Arnosti was sitting in her Penbrooke Meadows home Friday evening when she heard a bang out her back window.
“That’s what scared the cats and got my attention,” she told Global News on Saturday. “But I think maybe the slamming of the windows open so the smoke could get out or maybe someone was trying to get out and was pushing something. I don’t know. Not an explosion by any means.”
“Just unreal… It could have been so much worse but it was scary nonetheless.”
Trish Meyers, who lives nearby, said she saw someone being taken away on a stretcher.
“I had the hazmat team parked in my driveway,” she said. “They just had him covered up and they were just wheeling him out to the ambulance.”
An investigation into the cause of the fire is underway, the CFD said.