Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Residents Leave as Smoke from Big Fire in Calgary Causes Air-Quality Problems

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Residents Leave as Smoke from Big Fire in Calgary Causes Air-Quality Problems

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Smoke from fire cause air-quality problems

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CALGARY - Concerns about a big volume of smoke from an early-morning fire at a Calgary landmark led to dozens of people being asked to leave their nearby homes because of air-quality concerns.

Emergency officials say the Symons Valley Ranch farmers market was engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived at the northwest location around 6:00 a.m., prompting a call for additional trucks and personnel.

The fire raged for hours and officials say part of the problem was a venting gas line.

Authorities say there was no risk of damage to nearby homes, but the smoke led to area residents being asked to stay indoors, while about 40 people were ordered to leave the neighbourhood until the situation improved.

There are no reports of injuries.

More than 100 First Student Canada school buses stored at the site were not damaged, but parents were warned that transportation to classes would be delayed due to the fire. …

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