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Updated: 8th January 2019 16:47

Fire-ravaged triplex likely beyond repair: officials

A southeast Calgary triplex that was gutted by fire early Thursday morning will probably have to be torn down, fire officials say.

A southeast Calgary triplex that was gutted by fire early Thursday morning will probably have to be torn down, fire officials say.

The flames destroyed two units and left three families homeless.

Three families are homeless after a fire destroyed two units of a triplex in southeast Calgary early Thursday morning. (CBC) Crews were rushing to the scene of the fire in Deer Run shortly before 3 a.m. when the sight of the flames and heavy smoke prompted them to call for a second alarm, officials said.

The townhouse complex on the 100 block of Deerview Way S.E. had flames shooting through the roof as the first crew arrived.

Six residents — two from each unit — had safely escaped from the fire, and fire crews rescued two cats and two birds, officials said.

Crews quickly brought the fire under control and kept it from spreading to other homes.

Two of the three homes were gutted beyond repair, while the third unit only suffered moderate damage to the roof and siding, officials said.

"All I could think of was just getting out, getting Mark out, getting the neighbours woken up," said Domenic Tozzo, whose 17-year-old son first woke up to the smell of smoke.

"You know, wow, this is how it happens, this is how quick it goes," said Andrew Huff, who lives in the third unit of the complex.

A few bags of clothes and some family photos are the only things resident Brian Morrissette was able to salvage.

"Thank God Domenic was home and he alerted us to the situation and got us out of there," he said.

The damage tally could be as high as $900,000 since fire officials think the whole complex will likely have to be demolished.

Officials are trying to determine how the fire started, but it isn't believed to be suspicious.

"Right now our investigators are going through it. I have every faith that they're going to be able to get the determination of cause within 72 hours," said fire department spokesman Brian McAsey.

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