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10 people displaced after fire rips through 3 northeast Calgary homes

Click to play video: 'Another blow for some homeowners living in Calgary’s Skyview Ranch' Another blow for some homeowners living in Calgary’s Skyview Ranch
Neighbours confirm to Global News that three homes damaged by a wind-swept fire in the community of Skyview Ranch on Tuesday had just a year ago faced damage from a massive hailstorm that blew through the community. Sarah Offin reports. – May 19, 2021

Editor’s note: The Calgary Fire Department initially said eight people were displaced in the fire, but later clarified 10 people were forced from their homes. This story has been updated with the new information.

Ten people were forced from their homes after fire ripped through three houses in the northeast Calgary neighbourhood of Skyview Ranch on Tuesday afternoon.

The three homes in the 200 block of Skyview Springs went up in flames at about 3 p.m., a blaze that started in one home and spread to the houses on either side, the Calgary Fire Department said.

Three homes were severely damaged by fire in Calgary’s Skyview Ranch neighbourhood on Tuesday. Global News

Smoke from the fire could be seen as far as four kilometres away, according to east district east district chief Gordon Best.

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Images from the scene show one home completely destroyed by the blaze, with flames licking across the rooftop one of the two neighbouring homes. The two next-door houses were significantly damaged and are inhabitable, Best said.

Read more: Man treated for burns, smoke inhalation after house fire in northwest Calgary

The fire was well-established when firefighters arrived, Best said, and getting control of the flames was made more difficult by high winds, blowing in from the west at about 30 kilometres an hour.

“The wind certainly probably accounted for a bit of the spread, especially to the east side,” Best said. “The wind exacerbates fires. It can also cause fire to behave aggressively interiorly.”

Smoke billows from a fire that force people from three homes in Calgary’s Skyview Ranch community on Tuesday. Global News

Eight trucks and 22 firefighters were on scene and brought the blaze under control “in a fairly aggressive attack,” he added.

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No serious injuries were reported as a result of the fire, with one person who was inside the home where the blaze started sustaining a minor abrasion which was treated on scene. However, two cats in that home died, the CFD said.

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10 people displaced after 3 homes damaged in Calgary fire – May 18, 2021

Crews are now working to find accommodations for the people who were displaced, and expect the people living in the two neighbouring homes will be able to return once repairs are done. The home where the fire started was destroyed and is uninhabitable, the CFD said.

Best said fire investigators were expected to be on scene for the rest of the afternoon to determine the cause of the blaze.

Calgary police on the scene of a fire that forced people out of three homes in Skyview Ranch on Tuesday. Global News

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