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Calgary fire crews contain two-alarm blaze in Chaparral
Published Friday, August 10, 2018 6:44AM MDT
Last Updated Friday, August 10, 2018 12:31PM MDT
A home in the city’s southeast was destroyed and two others were impacted in a fire early Friday morning.
Emergency crews were called to a home in the 100 block of Chaparral Crescent S.E. at about 1:30 a.m.
Officials say crews found smoke and flames coming from the rear of the home when they arrived.
A second alarm was called in to bring more resources to the scene and to keep the fire from spreading to neighbouring homes.
Crews fought the fire from the ground and an elevated water tower and worked quickly to bring it under control.
The home owner says he was woken up by a glow in his back window and that his garden was on fire when he looked out.
He scrambled to alert two tenants in the basement suite and Calgary police helped to safely evacuate them all from the home.
“The whole back of the house was engulfed in flames and it spread towards the front, that’s what I saw and I just kept thinking wow what do I do, what do I do,” said Tim Redwood who lives nearby.
The home’s occupants were not injured but are now displaced and are being assisted by CEMA.
“There has been three residents from the source home that are going to need alternate accommodations for the night. Calgary Emergency Management Agency is on route to handle those people’s needs,” said CFD Battalion Chief Bruce Barrs.
Fire crews remain at the scene to monitor for flare ups and a fire investigator is working to determine a cause.
Video of the fire sent in to CTV from Tim Redwood.