While I was out, I could see from a distance a major fire happening with thick black smoke somewhere in the downtown area. Initially, I couldn’t spot my own condo building, and was a bit concerned. I quickly learned that a new wood frame condominium under construction on Calgary’s 17th Avenue was on fire.
I wasn’t home when the fire started and would’ve had more black smoke and flames, but I’m posting my photo and video later on as fire crews tamed the fire.
UPDATE: I added 2 photos from the following afternoon, including one of the ember I found on my balcony which I assume is from the fire.
The massive fire threw smoke westward over the Beltline district, just south of downtown.
By the time I got home, many streets in the area were closed.
At least 5 or 6 streams of water were blasted against the building.
You can see water running off the completely destroyed top floor.
At one point, the wind caused the wind to engulf the area and make the fire look extremely advanced.
At other times, the smoke billowed upward.
As you can see, the top floor is nearly gone, but the lower floors still have their windows intact. I wonder if they have much damage.
The smoke looks like fog.
Several hours later, fire crews are still on scene, but I haven’t been able to see any actual flames for a while.
Fire crews were still on the scene 24 hours later to control hot spots. The extend of damage on the top floor is quite extensive.
Incredibly, I noticed what appears to be an ember on my balcony from the fire! I am about 4-5 blocks away and more than a dozen stories up.
Here is my video of the fire, followed by more angles as taken by Global News.
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The black smoke is horrible!