From the Calgary Fire Department press releases:

Due to the inclement weather and extremely dangerous roads,
the Calgary Fire Department has experienced a very active
day. Driving conditions have attributed to an increase in
injury accidents.

Incident #1

At 10:45 this morning while enroute to a multi-vehicle motor
vehicle collision near Highway 1A and the Trans Canada, a CFD
District Chief and his driver were involved in a collision
with the rear of a tractor trailer outfit that was previously
involved in a collision. The driver of the CFD van was
trapped and had to be extricated by emergency crews. Both the
District Chief and driver were transported by EMS to
hospital. The District Chief suffered minor bumps and bruises
and the driver suffered some minor chest, back, neck and leg
injuries.

Incident #2

At 11:01, High Angle Rescue Crews from #1 & #2 Stations were
dispatched to Banker's Hall, 855 - 2 St. S.W. for reports of
pieces of metal hanging off of the building. There was safety
concerns of the metal falling from the building onto the
sidewalk below. Rescue personnel rappelled off of the 52
floor to retrieve 5 loose pieces of aluminum strapping from
around the windows between the 15 & 25 floor.

Incident #3

A transport truck hit a cement embuttment at Richmond Rd. and
29 St. S.W. puncturing the diesel tank spilling 70 - 80
litres of diesel on to the street. CFD Hazardous Materials
personnel contained the diesel on the street before it could
enter the storm sewer system and called in a vactor truck to
suction up the contaminated snow and absorbent materials.

Incident #4

Fire Crews were called out to a basement fire at 12:56 hours
located at 9 Applemont Pl. S.E. Upon arrival, there was smoke
showing in the bungalow and crews were alerted to the
location of the fire by the male occupant of the home who
escaped safely with his young son.
The fire was located in the basement in the rumpus room in an
electrical power bar that had shorted causing the fire.
Preliminary damage total stands at $25,000.

--j.