One person was taken to hospital while 24 residents had to leave their homes and shelter in a bus as firefighters responded to a two-alarm fire in southeast Calgary Thursday afternoon.
Fire crews were called around 12:35 p.m. called to multiple reports of a fire at a four-story apartment building on Bannister Road SE When firefighters arrived, they upgraded the calls to a two-alarm fire due to the volume of smoke and flames at the scene as well as the size of the building, a news release said said Thursday afternoon.
A total of 24 residents evacuated the building and took shelter in a Calgary Transit bus while three people had to be rescued from the balconies. Calgary Fire said several pets were rescued from the building.
Two people were injured during the fire, with one person transported to the hospital by EMS.
Firefighters remained at the scene shortly before 4pm for rescue and to check for any hot spots. Investigators remain at the scene to determine how the fire started. Anyone who was in the area and may have photos or information regarding the fire is asked to contact the Calgary Fire Department.