Calgary

Woman leaps from window in Saddleridge fire

A fire has destroyed one home and badly damaged two others in the northeast community of Saddleridge.

A fire has destroyed one home and badly damaged two others in the northeast community of Saddleridge.

Firefighters were called to a garage fire at a home in the 300 block of Saddlemead Close N.E. on Monday just after 1 p.m.

"In the primary residence we were called to, unfortunately, the fire was so advanced and had been going for so long that we decided to take a defensive position," said fire department spokesman Brian McAsey.

Calgary firefighters hose down a Saddleridge house fire on Monday. One woman was injured when she jumped from a second-storey window to escape the flames. ((CBC))
"There was no property that we could possibly salvage at that point, there was no concern about human life, so it made sense at that point to simply try to contain it."

Gas lines between the houses caught fire, exacerbating the situation.

McAsey said one woman is being treated in hospital after jumping out of a second-storey window. He said she jumped even as firefighters approached to rescue her.

"You could see the flames and the smoke in the house," said McAsey. "It goes to show you how fast a fire can spread and how desperate you can be in a circumstance like this."

McAsey said she suffered an injury to her leg, as well as some smoke inhalation, but was otherwise OK.

He said the cold weather and snow weren't very much of a factor for firefighters, but heated tents were set up and vehicles used to warm up the people who were evacuated from nearby homes.

Two dogs from one home were believed killed in the fire, the cause of which is under investigation.

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