Firefighters battle suspicious blaze in south Calgary along Macleod Trail

Fire crews were called to a blaze at a south Calgary restaurant early Monday morning that firefighters say is considered suspicious in nature.

The Calgary Fire Department was called to the area of 96 Avenue and Macleod Trail S.W. at around 6:25 a.m.

Battalion chief Keith Stahl with the CFD said a 911 call came in from someone who lives in a nearby residential tower, saying they saw smoke and flames coming from the building — the Ginger Beef Bistro House.

“On arrival, they had heavy smoke, heavy flame on the rear of the building, concentrated mostly on the outside. That prompted the call for a second alarm to bring more resources in, due to the proximity of an exposure just to the south of the building,” Stahl said as crews continued to battle the blaze just after 8 a.m.

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“Crews immediately began attacking the fire and were able to keep it confined to the building of origin and are continuing to attack that fire at this time,” he explained.

Calgary firefighters battle a blaze at a restaurant in the area of 96 Avenue and Macleod Trail S.W. Monday, Dec. 6, 2021. Global News

Due to the amount of flames coming from the building, Stahl said crews were not able to get inside. Two aerial units were being used to help douse the fire.

“We concentrated an elevated master stream attack, so attacking the fire with large volumes of water from the outside with those aerial devices and we also have crews working around the perimeter just to keep it contained.”

Stahl said they have not received any reports of injuries and it appeared the building was unoccupied when firefighters arrived.

“We don’t have any information that would lead us to believe that anyone would be there at this time of day. As to the operation of the business, I can’t speculate on that at this time.”

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The cause of the fire is not known. The CFD said it is being considered suspicious and arson investigators will be called in later Monday to investigate.

It’s believed the fire started at the back of the building.

It’s not known whether the restaurant was in operation. Witnesses in the area say they haven’t seen any activity at the restaurant for some time.

The restaurant’s voicemail said it operates Tuesday through Sunday, and the website directs people to order from the Country Hills location in north Calgary.

The extent and cost of the damage is not yet known.

Calgary firefighters battle a blaze at a restaurant in the area of 96 Avenue and Macleod Trail S.W. Monday, Dec. 6, 2021. Global News

With files from Sarah Offin, Global News.

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