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19 people displaced after fire rips through 3 houses in northwest Calgary

Emergency crews battled a fire that severely damaged three homes in the northwest Calgary district of Royal Oak early Monday morning, leaving about 19 people displaced. 

Several more homes damaged by heat and smoke

A residential fire in Royal Oak early Monday destroyed three houses and damaged several others. (Tahirih Foroozan/CBC)

Emergency crews battled a fire that severely damaged three homes in the northwest Calgary district of Royal Oak early Monday morning.

Firefighters were called to the 100 block of Royal Oak Terrace N.W. at about 2:15 a.m. where they found two homes on fire.

Officials called a second alarm when the blaze spread to a third house.

"Firefighting efforts were immediately focused on stopping the spread of fire to further homes, deploying aerial water streams and protecting exposures," the fire department said in a release.

"Fire crews simultaneously evacuated surrounding homes that were in the immediate danger areas."

All of the affected residents got out of their homes safely and there were no injuries.

Several other houses were damaged by heat and smoke.

The Calgary Emergency Management Agency (CEMA) is on scene to help the approximately 19 people who are displaced.

The flames narrowly missed Al Kassam's home. "First thing when we heard, when we saw that, it was a shock and just, we thought, thank God nobody got hurt," he said.  

"It's something that we never thought would happen, but you never know right."

Fire investigators are working to determine the origin and cause of the fire. 

Fire crews continued to put out hot spots and investigate the cause of the fire that ripped through several homes in Royal Oak in northwest Calgary on Monday morning. (Tahirih Foroozan/CBC)

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