Calgary

Crews battle house fire in Coventry Hills in northeast Calgary

Crews battled a major residential fire that destroyed one house and damaged three others in the northeast Calgary community of Coventry Hills on Monday.

1 house gutted, three others damaged in Monday morning blaze

One house was destroyed and two others were badly damaged in a residential fire in Coventry Hills on Monday morning. (Colleen Underwood/CBC)

Crews battled a major residential fire that destroyed one house and damaged three others in the northeast Calgary community of Coventry Hills on Monday.

The fire gutted a house at 12851 Coventry Hills Way N.E., which was fully engulfed when crews first arrived shortly after 10:30 a.m., Calgary Fire Department spokesperson Carol Henke said.

"They upgraded to a second alarm immediately just due to the volume of fire that was present," she said.

There were no injuries. The fire, which also badly damaged the houses on either side, was brought under control by about 11:30 a.m. The siding on a fourth house was also damaged. 

Tina Harding was in the house next door when she heard a crackling sound, and stepped outside to see flames climbing her neighbour's house, she said.

She called 911 and got her neighbours out. 

Harding says she and her husband are somewhat lucky — their possessions were safely locked in a storage box, since they were just about finished moving out. However, the renters who were coming on Monday to move in are now displaced, she said.

Tina Harding, who was just moving out of the house next door to the house that caught fire, says she noticed the flames next door and called the fire department. (Colleen Underwood/CBC)

But Harding says she's relieved that no one was injured.

"Everybody's OK, so I'm fine," she said.

"I'm in shock. It is what it is."

People in 29 neighbouring homes had to evacuate their residences because of concerns over a breached gas line. They were allowed to return to their homes when the gas was shut off.

Fire crews remained at the scene putting out hot spots into the afternoon. The cause of the fire is under investigation.