Calgary

Fire destroys N.E. house, vehicles

A Calgary family escaped a fast-moving fire Friday afternoon as their house went up in flames.
A father and three young children escaped a house fire in northeast Calgary on Friday. ((Albert Arsenault/CBC News))

A Calgary family escaped a fast-moving fire Friday afternoon as their house went up in flames.

EMS and the Calgary fire department were called to the home in the 100 block of Covepark Road N.E. at about 1:20 p.m.

As they approached, firefighters decided to strike a second alarm due to the amount of flames and smoke they could see above the home.

"When we arrived, in fact, the home was fully involved with fire and smoke," said fire department spokesman Brian McAsey. "There were four people who safely escaped the house before we arrived: a father and three children."

The kids, all under age five, were treated for smoke inhalation and released.

It took firefighters about an hour to fully extinguish the blaze, which started in the garage. McAsey said the home was "virtually destroyed."

Firefighters kept the fire from spreading to neighbouring homes, which only suffered siding damage.

Two vehicles in the garage were also destroyed.

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