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One person, four cats die in northwest Calgary fire

One person and four cats have died after a fire in northwest Calgary Wednesday morning.

Calgary firefighters were called to a home on Dalton Drive NW at around 11:30 a.m. Wednesday. Callers had reported smoke coming from a basement suite.

Calgary 911 received multiple calls, including one that said there may be one person in the suite and four cats on the main floor.

Heavy smoke was coming from the basement suite when firefighters arrived. They entered the home and searched the basement and found an unresponsive man. Resuscitation efforts began and the patient was taken by EMS to the hospital.

Once the fire was under control, firefighters searched the home for the cats. One cat was brought out and attempts to resuscitate it failed, fire officials said.  Three other cats died in the home due to smoke inhalation, according to fire officials.

The man who was rescued from the home later died, fire officials said. Calgary police are in the process of notifying the next of kin.

Calgary Fire Department investigators are on scene to determine how the fire started. They’re working with the Calgary Police Service Arson Unit, who are brought in for fires involving serious injury or death.

Anyone with information, photos or video of the fire – prior to CFD arrival – is asked to email them to piofire@calgary.ca.