19 people displaced after fire rips through 3 houses in northwest Calgary
Several more homes damaged by heat and smoke
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.