Suspicious fire at Calgary apartment building on 16 Avenue and Centre Street NW

Calgary police are investigating a fire that left residents out of their homes overnight, and that officers say is considered suspicious.

Firefighters were called to an apartment building in the area of 16 Avenue and Centre Street N.W. at around 8 p.m. Wednesday.

Once they got inside, crews found flames in a suite on the second floor. The Calgary Fire Department said damage was contained to that suite and no injuries were reported.

The 12-suite building was evacuated and Calgary transit buses arrived for the residents to shelter in. The fire department said only four of the building’s suites were occupied.

Residents were not allowed to return to their homes as officers held the scene overnight. The fire department said it helped people find a place to stay.

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Calgary police said arson investigators would arrive Thursday morning, and as of 7 a.m. no one had been let back inside.

Police did not give a reason for why the fire was being considered suspicious.

The extent of the damage is not yet known.

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