Calgary firefighters kept busy with 2, multi-home blazes

Calgary firefighters were kept busy Saturday, battling two separate blazes that damaged several homes.

1st fire was in Country Hills N.W. in the morning, 2nd blaze in Coral Springs N.E. in the afternoon

A Calgary firefighter directs traffic in Country Hills after a house caught file in the northwest neighbourhood. (Michael Collier)

Calgary firefighters were kept busy Saturday, battling two separate blazes that damaged several homes.

The first left three homes in the northwest neighbourhood of Country Hills so badly damaged they will likely have to be demolished. 

Fire, police and EMS were called to the scene of a multi-home fire in the 400 block of Country Hills Drive N.W. shortly before 10 a.m.

The fire initially started in one home and spread to the houses on either side.

The Calgary Fire Department quickly evacuated neighbouring homes on all sides of the burning houses.  

Fire crews at the scene of a multi-home fire in Country Hills Drive N.W. (Michael Collier)

Darris Wilderman was at home just down the street from where the fire started when he got a call from his dad telling him about the fire.

"He just said, 'you've got to get out' … so I immediately grabbed my mom and I said, 'let's go, there's a fire.' I ran to the back door and sure enough the fire was right there, it was right in the back alley."

Wilderman recorded the fire and posted it to social media.

"I was getting so close, I felt the heat from the blaze on my face," he said.

The house where the fire started suffered the most damage, according to Battalion Chief Bruce Barrs. He said the other two homes are probably not salvageable.

A female neighbour who had been helping out was transported to hospital due to smoke inhalation.

No one from the three homes that caught fire were injured, although Barrs said two cats are currently missing.

An investigator has been brought in to determine a cause of the blaze.

EMS says one person was transported to hospital in stable condition. (Anis Heydari/CBC)

About 5:30 p.m. firefighters were called to another blaze in the 200 block of Coral Springs Circle N.E. Crews arrived to find flames shooting from the roof of a home. 

Winds were gusting at more than 40 km/h at the time, said Battalion Chief Stu Laird.

"It does make some of our fire operations more challenging," he said.

"We have to get that exposure control in place so it doesn't spread beyond the buildings that have already been hit."

The flames also damaged a neighbouring home.

Firefighters were called to a home in the 200 block of Coral Springs Circle N.E. about 5:30 p.m. Saturday. (Anis Heydari/CBC)

With files from Anis Heydari