Calgary

Fire damages historic southwest Calgary home

The residence, known as Aulock Villa, was built in 1910 and is one of only two existing homestead houses in Springbank Hill.

House, known as Aulock Villa, was built in 1910

Fire crews were called to the home in Springbank Hill at around 5 a.m. The home is a historic Calgary property built in 1910. (Mike Symingston/CBC)

A historic Calgary home suffered significant damage Wednesday in an early morning fire in the southwest community of Springbank Hill.

Fire crews were called to the two-storey home on Elkton Drive S.W. at around 5 a.m. after being alerted by a neighbour. The fire department said the neighbour woke up to the smell of something burning and spotted flames coming from his neighbour's second floor and roof.

When emergency crews arrived, firefighters found found significant smoke and flames coming from the rear of the house.

"A second alarm was struck upon realizing by interior crews that the fire had extended into some hidden areas, the attic and walls. That's basically just to ensure we have adequate resources on scene and are able to rotate crews as necessary," said Calgary Fire Department Battalion Chief Chief Bruce Barrs.

Aulock Villa is one of two existing homestead houses in Springbank Hill. The home was damaged Wednesday in an early morning fire. (Google Maps)

The fire department said the home's owner, who was awake at the time and on the main level, reported hearing popping sounds before discovering the fire. He managed to escape before fire crews arrived. He was the only one in the home at the time of the fire.

The home, known as Aulock Villa, was built in 1910 and is one of only two existing homestead houses in Springbank Hill.

The Dutch Colonial Revival-style house is best known for being the early homestead of Alexander von Mielecki — a prominent citizen in early Calgary who made important contributions to the city's early agricultural and educational communities.

The fire is believed to have started in a second-floor bedroom but investigators are working to determine the exact cause.

The fire department said it is not considered suspicious.

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