Calgary fire crews battle overnight multiple-house fire in Royal Oak

May 2 2020, 11:21 am

It was a busy night for Calgary fire crews, as they battled a multiple-house blaze in the Royal Oak neighbourhood in the city’s north west.

In a release, the city said the incident began at approximately 1:30 am on Saturday, when 911 received reports of a residential house fire in the 100 block of Royal Oak View NW.

While en route to the incident, the first officer called for a 2nd alarm due to the multiple 911 reports of a fully involved structure fire.

The crews who were first to arrive on the scene “were faced with a large volume of flames venting from the roof of a single family home that had already spread to one of the neighbouring houses,” the city said in a release. A second home “was also starting to show signs of smoke caused by the radiant heat of the source house.”

Fire crews “quickly set up water streams to knock down flames on the exposure homes before turning the fire attack to primary house,” the city said.  Two aerial ladder trucks with elevated water streams were also used, including one from the cul-de-sac behind the source home to extinguish the heavy flames.

Three occupants from the original home and one occupant from each of the homes directly exposed to and affected by the blaze all self-evacuated prior to Calgary Fire crews arriving on the scene, according to officials.

A search of any of the involved homes to determine a source of the blaze wasn’t possible due to the amount of structural damage, they added. None of the homes involved “will be able to be immediately reoccupied” due to the fire damage sustained during the incident.

The Calgary Fire Department is still on scene, “knocking down hotspots while conducting overhaul and salvage procedures,” officials said. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.