Crews battle 3-alarm fire at Calgary condo

Firefighters were called to the scene of a fire at an apartment building in southwest Calgary late Friday afternoon.
Firefighters in Calgary battle a blaze at a southwest condo complex on Friday. (Leighton Klassen/CBC)
Fire crews struggle to get a the flames under control at a southwest condo building. (Submitted by Annie Charlton)
A lightning strike on a condo complex in southwest Calgary sparked a huge fire on Friday afternoon.

Flames were visible shooting 15 metres from the top of the building at 24 Hemlock Crescent S.W. as fire trucks continued to arrive at the scene of the 3-alarm blaze.

All of the units in the complex were evacuated shortly after the fire started at about 3 p.m. MT.

Crews worked for several hours to bring the flames under control and contain the damage to one section of the complex in Spruce Cliff, which is just past the west end of Shaganappi Golf Course.

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There were no injuries, said Calgary fire department spokesman Brian McAsey.

Because the fire was caused by lightning, crews had to fight the flames from above the four-story building, he said.

Fire officials said a lightning strike sparked the fire. (Submitted by Annie Charlton)
"It's beneath the roof, it's into the ceiling," he said. "It's a very difficult fire."

Residents took shelter on city buses.

"My dog is actually deaf but she jumped out of her skin when it hit," said Keith Newsom, who lives at the complex.

"A few minutes later I started hearing the sirens coming."