Inferno guts condo complex
Published Monday, September 17, 2012 6:47AM MDT
Calgary police are asking the public for help to locate three young men who were seen in the area just before a three-alarm blaze broke out and gutted a large section of a southeast condo complex.
Emergency crews were called to the 600 block of McKenzie Towne Dr. S.E. at about 2:30 a.m. on Sunday for reports of a fire.
The huge blaze destroyed 22 condo units and damaged 13 others. The heat from the fire melted nearby vehicles and construction equipment and damages are estimated to be between $3 and $4 Million.
Police believe that three men who were captured by a security camera at a second blaze may have information on the first blaze.
Investigators have released a photo of the three standing in front of a second blaze on the northwest corner of the same construction site.
Police say that it’s too early to tell if the fire was set deliberately.
Crews from three halls came in to douse the fire and had to work fast to make sure it didn’t spread any further.
CFD Battalion Chief Ernie Molineaux says the new gas lines were an issue. “The natural gas feeding in the building was a bit of a problem because the gas had burned off, so there was a lot of gas in the area. It took some time before we could get the gas company here.”
Megan Schuett began taking a video of the fire but says she had to back off because of the heat.
“It just grew and grew and it was the most incredible thing I’ve ever seen, so we had to back up.”
Olaf Blomerus was set to move in his unit in December, but now he can only look at the charred remains.
“Everything’s just burned to the ground. But it could have been a lot worse, you know. No one died. It sucked, but there was nothing in it besides wood.”
The heat of blaze was so intense that it scorched and melted cars across the street from the fire.
Kyle Richards’ Cherokee now looks like a toasted marshmallow.
“I could never in my wildest dreams have ever imagined anything like this. I figured to myself – I figured, you know, the truck should be far enough out of the way that it should be okay, because on the passenger’s side it looks completely fine. On the other side, it’s just completely melted and… it’s just toasted.”
Police are asking anyone with information on the three individuals or the fire to contact them using the following methods:
TEXT: tttTIPS to 274637