Fire forces 16 residents from homes in S.W. Calgary

An early morning fire forced some Calgarians from their homes after flames erupted just after 2 a.m. in the city's southwest.
A southwest Calgary apartment fire forced 16 people out of their homes early Monday morning. (CBC)

An early morning fire forced some Calgarians from their homes after flames erupted just after 2 a.m. in the city's southwest Monday.

The apartment fire forced 16 people out into the cold at the complex located at Second Street and 22nd Avenue.

When crews responded they found residents leaving the building and smoke and flames coming from the fourth floor of the four-storey apartment complex. 

The fire caused significant water and smoke damage, but no one was injured.

According to Battalion Chief Frank Nowak, the building's power is off and residents are not allowed to return to home yet.

With the help of a Calgary Transit bus, the occupants were able to stay warm until other arrangements could be made. 

"Salvation Army would look after them," he said. "Some of them had other places to stay, so they left already."

Alberta Red Cross also tweeted Monday it is providing 72 hours of assistance for eight adults and two children who were affected by a southwest Calgary fire.

While the flames have been extinguished, the cause of the fire is still under investigation.