Early morning fire at mobile home park spreads to multiple units

Calgary fire crews responded to reports of a fire at a mobile home park in Forest Lawn at approximately 2 a.m. Saturday.

Fire crews responded to Forest Lawn area around 2 a.m.

Calgary fire crews responded to reports of a fire in a mobile home park in Forest Lawn early Saturday morning. (David Bell/CBC)

Calgary fire crews responded to reports of a fire at a mobile home park in Forest Lawn at approximately 2 a.m. Saturday, said Batt. Chief Alistair Robin.

"It makes visibility challenging at that time," Robin said.

Upon their arrival at the Oasis Mobile Home Park, fire crews found two mobile homes fully enveloped by flames and another two that had also caught fire.

Significant smoke and flames were billowing up as firefighters used hoses to control the fire from spreading to neighbouring properties. 

Residents evacuated their homes before fire crews arrived, and were later gathered into a Calgary Transit bus for shelter.

"We just continued to extinguish the fires and search as it was safe to do so," Robin said.

On-scene members of Alberta Health Services assessed residents while police provided crowd control. However, the fire department said that two cats are missing at this time.

"The cats are still at large," Robin said. "Hopefully somebody has taken them in and will turn them in when it's an appropriate time, but they haven't turned up yet."

Power had to be cut to more than 20 units while firefighters battled the flames, and an electrician is now on scene to restore power, Robin said.

Crews will remain on scene throughout Saturday morning to ensure the fire does not spread any further.

"So the fire is extinguished and we have crews on scene currently to make sure there are no flare-ups or any hot spots that remain," Robin said. "They're also there to assist the fire investigators as they work on their investigation to determine the cause and origin of the fire."

The cause of the fire is still under investigation, according to Robin, but the department is reminding Calgarians to ensure they have working smoke alarms installed in their homes.


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