Good Samaritans help douse Abbeydale townhouse fire
An early morning fire at an Abbeydale townhouse damaged the siding outside of a second floor unit
Published Saturday, December 1, 2012 12:28PM MST
The actions of four young men and the Calgary Fire Department are being credited for extinguishing a southeast townhouse fire, limiting the extent of the fire’s damage and ensuring all residents were safe.
At approximately 2:00 a.m., fire crews responded to a townhouse fire on Abbercove Lane S.E. in the community of Abbeydale. The siding on the exterior of a top floor apartment of the two storey, four unit building was smouldering.
Crews attempted to alert the residents of the complex of the safety concerns but their door knocking was unsuccessful.
Firefighters forced open a door and discovered a sleeping woman, in her mid-twenties, unaware of the fire. The woman was escorted out of the building and into the care of EMS where it was determined she had suffered no injuries.
Fire crews were informed of the actions of four men, believed to be in their twenties, who happened to see the fire while passing by before CFD arrived on scene.
The men attempted to notify the building’s occupants of the fire. When no one answered the door, the men alerted the resident of a neighbouring home. The neighbour supplied the men with pots of water which they used to douse the fire.
A police officer witnessed the efforts of the Good Samaritans and made the initial call to Calgary Fire. The four men left the scene prior to the arrival of fire crews.
An investigation into cause of the fire is underway.