Calgary fires leave 5 people in hospital, 5 pets dead
The Calgary Fire Department responded to three different calls over the span of two-and-a-half hours last night, with five people being taken to hospital by the time the flames were finally put out.
The busy night started just after midnight when crews were called to a two-storey house on Brightoncrest Common SE in Calgary’s McKenzie Towne neighbourhood, according to a release from the Calgary Fire Department.
They found the entire structure ablaze, and neighbouring buildings were damaged due to the intense heat.
Two people had to be evacuated from the building, with one being taken to the hospital.
Approximately an hour later the Calgary Fire Department was called to Hubalta Road and 54th Street SE to put out multiple grass fires. No injuries were reported nor structures damaged by the fires, but it took firefighters two hours to battle the blazes.
At around 2:15 am that same morning, fire crews responded to a single-family residence that had smoke and flames coming from both its main and second floors. Four people were evacuated from the structure and taken to hospital, but the family’s pets — three dogs, a cat, and a snake — did not make it out of the building in time.
The fire caused significant smoke damage to the home before it was extinguished by Calgary’s firefighters.
The release states that all three of these incidences are currently under investigation and that anyone with information, photos, or videos of the fires is asked to email them to the CFD Public Information Officer at [email protected].