A main thoroughfare through downtown Calgary has been shut down during the noon hour.
Just after noon on Monday, Calgary Fire Department crews responded to a building at the corner of Macleod Trail and 10th Avenue Southeast.
Traffic cameras showed that only emergency vehicles were allowed into the blocks of northbound Macleod Trail between 12th and 10th Avenue Southeast, with police redirecting traffic around the area in the east Beltline neighbourhood.
CFD Capt. Jordan Wiebe said multiple crews were able to quickly respond to the fire on the third floor of a building that had commercial and residential units.
“Crews were able to make entry right away, had a quick knock down,” Wiebe said, noting there were no injuries. “Fire was confined to one unit and they were able to put it out right away and the building was evacuated.”
The city’s transportation department advised motorists to avoid the area.
At around 2 p.m., an update from the city’s transportation department said traffic was allowed to travel northbound on Macleod Trail again, noting the right lane was blocked by emergency vehicles as fire crews cleaned up after putting out the fire. That lane was reopened at around 5 p.m.