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Man dies in hospital after northwest Calgary fire

Paramedics were treating the victim for smoke inhalation

Contributed by Collin Spires

Police have confirmed that a man in his 60s died following a fire at a northwest Calgary housing complex early Tuesday morning. 

Emergency Medical Services (EMS) paramedics and the Calgary Fire Department (CFD) responded to a multi-residential complex located in the 4500 block of 73 Street NW shortly after 7 a.m. Tuesday. 

According to the CFD, upon arrival crews saw smoke coming from the balcony of the second-floor apartment where the heat inside the room had caused the balcony windows to break. Crews applied water to the inside and outside of the structure to cool it before entering the residence.

They found one man inside and crews immediately began CPR while carrying the man out of the apartment. The man was in life-threatening condition and was immediately transferred to EMS

Contributed by Collin Spires

According to EMS, as a result, a male, believed to be in his 60s, was transported by paramedics to the Foothills Medical Centre in critical, life-threatening condition.

Police confirmed he later died from his injuries.

Fire crews extinguished the blaze, containing it to the suite of origin, and then conducted air-quality analysis throughout the building. Once they determined that the air quality was safe, residents were allowed to re-enter their suites.

The CFD said the cause of the fire is unknown and under investigation.

“We cannot speculate on the cause of the fire,” says Battalion Chief Stu Laird, Calgary Fire Department. “Fire investigators remain on scene, and at this time it’s impossible to predict how long the investigation will take.”

Laird also said the building and the suite where the fire was located had working smoke alarms and crews could hear the alarms as they entered the building.

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