Forest Lawn fire

A six-year-old girl was sent to hospital for smoke inhalation after an early morning house fire in Forest Lawn. (CBC)

A six-year-old girl was taken to hospital as a precaution for exposure to carbon monoxide after a house fire Saturday morning in Forest Lawn.

But the fire department says it could have been a lot different if a passing cab driver did not alert the two families living in the home, which helped them get out of the house safely. A family of four with two small children and two dogs lived in the upstairs of the house and a family of three lived downstairs.  

The Calgary Fire Department responded to reports of a house fire in the 2500 block of 35 street S.E. at about 5 a.m. MT Saturday. On arrival, crews found a home fully engulfed in flames and threatening two adjacent homes.

Firefighters used exposure hose lines to stop the spread of the fire and crews worked aggressively from inside the burning house to bring it under control.

The occupants of the two adjacent homes were asked to leave as a precaution but have since been allowed to return.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation and the fire department has not released any damage estimates.