More than 100 looking for shelter
City firefighters were called back to an already fire-ravaged apartment complex for the second time in three days yesterday.
Several fire trucks arrived at the 62-unit Lakeview complex at about 1 p.m. expecting to fight another fire, but the call turned out to be a false alarm.
Fire officials said the call turned out to be a water leak in one of the burnt apartments.
“Although it’s really wet in there and it would be hard for a fire to start, it could still happen. So we just wanted to make sure,” one fire official said.
Meanwhile, more than 100 residents were told over the weekend they would have to find somewhere else to live, as Friday’s original blaze destroyed much of the building located off Crowchild Tr. and 66 Ave. S.W.
One tenant, who didn’t want her name published, said she’s devastated after not only losing some of her belongings, but now her home too.
“I don’t know where I am going to go or what I am going to do. There aren’t a lot of options in Calgary right now that I can afford,” she said.
Another resident, 27-year-old Jordan Westell, had a different outlook in the wake of the blaze.
“I am so lucky, especially considering my luck lately. Most of my stuff has almost no damage and I could probably still live there if they let me,” he said.
Westell said he is also lucky enough to be able to stay with his parents until he finds somewhere else to live.
“They said it would be about a year before we could move back in, but I doubt I will. I will have hopefully found something else by then.”
Fire crews are still investigating the cause of the fire, which at this point is thought to be accidental.