By J. Chess
It is with heavy hearts that we report a devastating house fire on Seymour Avenue SW in Calgary, which tragically led to the loss of two lives on Sunday afternoon. The victims, a mother and her son, were found by firefighters battling the blaze.
Emergency Response Details
On January 28, at approximately 5 p.m., the Calgary Fire Department (CFD) responded to reports of a fire at a residential property. Upon arrival, crews faced thick, billowing smoke pouring from the structure. Despite the challenging conditions, the firefighters quickly initiated an interior attack and began a thorough search of the premises.
The teams demonstrated exceptional courage and professionalism, swiftly bringing the fire under control. During the search, they discovered a male at the rear of the property and a female near the front.
Identifying the Victims
The victims were later identified as a mother and son, a familial bond that adds an extra layer of tragedy to the incident. Despite immediate initiation of CPR by the crews on scene, the mother unfortunately succumbed to her injuries at the location itself, as confirmed by Alberta Health Services (AHS).
The son was immediately transported to the hospital by paramedics. However, despite the best efforts of the medical staff, he too passed away due to his injuries, as reported by local police to CityNews.
Investigation and Aftermath
Thankfully, no other injuries were reported in the incident. The CFD is now conducting an investigation into what might have caused such a devastating fire. This tragic incident came just a few days after a separate house fire in Calgary’s northwest claimed a life, underscoring the importance of maintaining functional smoke alarms in residences.
As the community mourns the loss of two of its members, we extend our deepest condolences to the bereaved family and friends. The incident serves as a stark reminder of the power of fire and the importance of fire safety in our homes.