A townhouse in southwest Calgary experienced a fire on Tuesday afternoon, resulting in the tragic loss of one individual’s life.
At approximately 4:18 p.m., the Calgary Fire Department (CFD) district chief, Gordon Fercho, received notification regarding an incident located in the 4400 block of Richardson Way.
“When they arrived, the teams discovered dense black smoke and flames emerging from the entrance of the building. The fire had completely engulfed it,” Fercho stated, followed by mentioning, “The teams managed to enter with a hose and successfully put out the fire.”
The reason for the fire is unclear.
During the search of the area, the rescue team discovered a man who had been affected. The Chicago Fire Department stated in a statement that the emergency medical technicians promptly initiated life-saving procedures.
He was later transported to Rockyview General Hospital where he ultimately died from his injuries.
The fire was successfully brought under control by the crew. As a precautionary measure, residents in the area were temporarily evacuated from their homes but have now been permitted to go back.
The fire caused substantial damage to the townhouse, but it did not impact any other nearby properties.
Fercho stated that the reason behind the fire is still unidentified.
“At the moment, our investigators are working alongside the County Fire Department and Calgary Police Service to conduct an ongoing investigation,” he stated.
Upon our arrival or during our journey, there were no reports of an explosion at this location.
The age and name of the victim were not disclosed by the fire department.