A Calgary family is worried for the safety of the family cat after a fire ripped through their home in the southeast community of Mahogany.
All six family members got out safely after the blaze broke out in the early hours of Friday morning, but their cat has not been located so far.
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"Two adults and four children who were home sleeping at the time were alerted to the fire by working smoke alarms and safely evacuated prior to arrival of fire crews," the fire department said in a statement.
'Thick black smoke'
Crews spent several hours trying to douse the fire on Mahogany View S.E., only getting it under control at about 7:30 a.m.
"On arrival, firefighters saw flames and thick black smoke coming from the house... Firefighters mounted an aggressive interior attack until conditions deteriorated and so crews changed tactics and fought the fire defensively from the exterior," the statement said.
Eight nearby homes were evacuated, but crews were able to stop the fire from spreading to neighbouring houses.
Batallion Chief Allan Ball says the home is severely damaged, if not a complete writeoff.
"The walls are still standing... but [early] reports from our crews is there is not a lot of floor left. It has all collapsed into the basement," Ball said.
Smoke from the blaze, which was called in around 4:10 a.m. Friday, could be seen from Stoney Trail.
Investigators are trying to determine the cause of the fire.
Crews packing up now. Battalion chief Allan Ball says the house is severely damaged, if not a write-off. pic.twitter.com/lBeTNo7t2X— @dempsterCBC
The family cat is unaccounted for. pic.twitter.com/3bKZC7BVUO— @dempsterCBC
Meanwhile, neighbours woke up to the "scary" scene and captured these images.
Neighbours, like Anand Moorthy, say the neighbourhood will come together to help the young family deal w/ the fire. pic.twitter.com/apuV6PGSde— @dempsterCBC