A portion of a downtown Calgary office building had to be evacuated after a fire broke out Thursday afternoon.Crews were called to the building at 4 Avenue and 1 Street SW around 1 p.m. on Thursday.
Carol Henke with the Calgary Fire Department said the fire was on the 35th floor, in an electrical panel that controlled the elevators.
“There were several hundred people that were evacuated. unfortunately, I believe some people thought they could use the elevator as part of the evacuation, so we did have 13 people from various elevators that did need to be rescued,” Henke said.
She said it’s a reminder for Calgarians to brush up on the evacuation procedures at their place of work.
“Every company, every building, has different procedures and protocol. So, it is really important to know what they are and to follow those in an emergency.”
Henke said there were no injuries and minimal damage to the building.