Calgary firefighters saw the resident waiving for help from a second story window gushing with smoke.
The fire crews responded to a call at 405 64th AVE N.E. six-unit residential building northeast Calgary around 9 am this morning, where they spotted the resident in distress.
“Her unit was full of smoke so they quickly laddered the building and rescued her out of the window”
The woman was examined by paramedics and had no injuries, but the outcome might have been very different if she tried to escape through the smoke filled building.
Nobody else was in the building at the time and the fire crew was able to extinguish without any problems.
Carol Henke, the Calgary Fire Department spokesperson says the building had working smoke alarms, but the woman could not get out of her unit safely.
“Her unit was full of smoke so they quickly laddered the building and rescued her out of the window” Henke said.
The fire is assumed to have started in the basement, a fire investigator is currently working out the cause of the blaze, but it is believed to be accidental.
Only the basement area was affected by fire damage, the department says, and the neighboring apartment has smoke damage.