Calgary

Patient hospitalized with severe burns after north Calgary apartment fire

One person has been taken to hospital with severe burns after a fire at a multi-family residence in north Calgary Wednesday.

Two units in the 16-apartment complex were damaged

The fire severely damaged one unit in this apartment building at Centre Street North and 37th Avenue. The unit above it was also damaged from smoke. (Alexis Reid)

One person has been taken to hospital with severe burns after a two-alarm fire at a multi-family residence in north Calgary Wednesday.

Carol Henke, public information officer with the Calgary Fire Department, said crews were called to the 3700 block of Centre Street North at 5 p.m., after multiple people had called 911 to report a significant amount of smoke coming from the building.

Crews found smoke and flames coming from one of the units in the 16-unit building.

Residents and their pets had already left the apartments, but a man with severe burns was found outside.

EMS said the patient was taken to hospital with serious injuries that aren't considered to be life-threatening.

Henke said multiple crews were on-scene responding to the blaze, and a section of Centre Street between 34th and 40th Avenue North was blocked to traffic to facilitate their response. The road reopened shortly after 9 p.m.

Fire investigators are now looking into the fire's cause and origin, and crews were looking for hot spots and ventilating smoke from the building around 7 p.m., according to an emailed media release.

One unit was severely damaged by fire, and the unit above it was damaged by smoke.

The fire department said it's not yet known if the unit where the fire originated had working smoke alarms, but the other occupants of the building were warned of the blaze by their smoke alarms.

The department said it's hoped that residents of the 14 undamaged suites will be able to return home later Wednesday evening, depending on the results of air quality tests.

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