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Businesses damaged, cats dead after south Calgary commercial building fire

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Tuesday was a tough day for people who run two Calgary businesses hit by a morning fire near Chinook Centre. As Gil Tucker reports, the fire comes just as they were starting to make back the ground they’d lost during the COVID-19 pandemic. – Jul 27, 2021

One person was taken to hospital following a fire at a south Calgary commercial building Tuesday.

Just after 9 a.m., multiple 911 calls came in reporting heavy smoke and flames coming from the first floor of a commercial building in the 5700 block of 3 Street S.W.

When fire crews arrived, they began an aggressive offensive attack and quickly brought the fire under control, said Innes Fraser, Calgary Fire Department battalion chief.

Two businesses were affected by the blaze, one of which will not be able to return to the building, Fraser said.

Smoke had to be ventilated out of the rest of the building.

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One person was inside one of the businesses when the fire broke out. They were able to get out on their own but were then taken to hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation, Fraser said.

There were two cats in the building at the time.

“Unfortunately, two cats that were also in the business succumbed to the heat, smoke and flames,” CFD said in a news release.

A massage business and karaoke rental business appeared to be affected by the blaze.

A fire investigator was at the scene Tuesday morning to determine how the fire started.

The cost of the damages is not yet known.

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Calgary firefighters work to battle a blaze at a commercial building in the 5700 block of 3 Street SW Tuesday, July 27, 2021. Supplied to Global News
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Calgary firefighters work to battle a blaze at a commercial building in the 5700 block of 3 Street S.W. Tuesday, July 27, 2021. Supplied to Global News
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Calgary firefighters work to battle a blaze at a commercial building in the 5700 block of 3 Street SW Tuesday, July 27, 2021. Supplied to Global News

The CFD also responded to a fire in the 1300 block of 12 Avenue S.W. on Tuesday.

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