When a house burns, it’s not a big deal

Posted February 07, 2019 09:03:37 An 18-year-old house burned in the Calgary area, prompting an investigation.

The fire destroyed a three-bedroom home in the west end of the city, which was damaged by smoke.

Firefighters arrived on scene around 2:30 a.m. to find a home in a cul-de-sac in the area of 6th Street and 13th Avenue in the Burnside neighbourhood burning.

Flames had already engulfed the house when firefighters arrived, and the roof was already gone.

They knocked down a tree on the property to extinguish the fire.

Flames then poured through the roof and spread out, engulfing the home.

Flames can burn for hours, even days, but this was a very short time, said Flames spokeswoman Lauren Hulme.

Fire crews have been working to put out the fire, which they said was not a significant threat to the surrounding neighbourhood.

There were no reports of smoke alarms in the neighbourhood, Hulle said.

She said the family who lives in the house did not live there at the time of the fire and there is no information about any family members who were inside the home at the same time as the blaze.