Friday, March 19, 2010

Millrise Fire Update

As of 5 p.m., on March 20, 2010
As of 4:05 p.m., the Municipal Emergency Plan (MEP) has been deactivated with regard to the fire at 23 Millrise Drive SW. Tenants and owners of approximately 95 per cent of the accessible units have retrieved essential personal belongings.

The reception centre, which has been open all day at the Southview Alliance Church (1436 James McKevitt Road SW), will be open again on Sunday March 21, 2010, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Disaster Social Services staff will help those residents that need assistance to formulate plans for long-term housing.

After 3 pm today, the Condominium Board for Canvas at Millrise will be responsible for facilitating building access. Tenants and owners requiring further information can call 403-264-7789 and are asked to advise that they are calling about the “Canvas at Millrise Fire.”

The Condominium Board has also set up an information centre at 23 Millrise Blvd SW in the Amenities Building. Parking is available at the Millrise Sobeys. The information centre will be open as of 9 am on Sunday, March 21, 2010 and will be open during weekdays until Friday, April 9, 2010.

“I am really impressed with the way the residents, the responders and Calgarians have banded together. Frankly, its humbling , “ said CEMA Acting Director Tom Sampson. “A number of services had to be coordinated in order to ensure essential needs were met. ”

The City would like to thank all evacuees for their patience and cooperation during this process. Further, we would like to thank all Calgarians for their generous offers to assist evacuees. Monetary donations can be made at the Southview Alliance Church.

We are also appreciative of the support we received from City of Calgary business units and community partners, including: Animal & Bylaw Services, Calgary Fire Prevention Bureau, Calgary Police Service, CEMA Social Services, Community & Neighbourhood Services, Customer Service & Communications, Development & Building Approvals, Law, Roads, Transit, Water Services, Alberta Health Services, ATCO, Crawford Adjusters, ENMAX, Medican, Protec Fire and Safety, Red Cross, Rocky Cross Construction North, Salvation Army, SERECA Fire Consultants, Sobeys, Southview Alliance Church, TRL Associates.

While the MEP has been deactivated, recovery efforts for the residents will be ongoing for some time at the site.

Early this evening, all traffic will be open except one northbound lane along Millrise Blvd SW from Millrise Station (150 Millrise Blvd SW) to Millrise Drive SW.

As of 11:50 a.m., on March 20, 2010


  • Evacuees of the Millrise fire are being given temporary access to the building to retrieve their essential personal belongings and vehicles.
  • Units 308 and 401-423 are not safe for access.
  • Residents interested in claiming their belongings are asked to check in at the tent near the Millrise Sobey’s (150 Millrise Blvd SW).
  • Nine members of the Heavy Urban Search and Rescue Team (HUSAR) have been on site assessing which suites are safe to enter. Residents will be granted access to the units that are deemed safe for entry.
  • Vehicles belonging to residents can also be claimed by owners. Vehicle owners will need to produce a driver’s license and vehicle ownership will need to be verified (registration and/or insurance).
  • Underground storage facilities are still inaccessible at this time and residents will need to work with the condominium association over the following week to gain access to that area.
  • To date, approximately 65% of the units have been accessed by evacuees. This service will be available until 3pm today, after which time control of the building will be turned back over to the condominium association, Medican.
  • A resident information session will be held at the Reception Centre at 2 pm today. Disaster Social Services caseworkers will be available to assist residents to begin making long-term accommodation. The Reception Centre is located at Southview Alliance Church, 1436 James McKevitt Road SW.
  • Due to ongoing site support, Northbound Millrise Blvd from Millrise Station (150 Millrise Blvd SW) to Millrise Drive SW is closed. Southbound Millrise Blvd is now open.
As of 8:15 p.m., on March 19, 2010

Care and control of the fire site has been transferred from The City to the Condo Board Association. The City will continue to assist the condo board in escorting residents to recover a limited amount of essential items until Saturday at 3 p.m..

The Reception Centre will be open again Saturday at Southview Alliance Church (1436 James McKevitt Road SW) at 9 a.m. to assist residents, with information briefings for impacted residents at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m..

The investigation into the cause of the fire is ongoing. Updates on cause are not expected until next week.

The roads are expected to re-open in the area as emergency vehicles leave the scene.

  • Care and control of the fire site has been transferred from The City to the Condo Board Association. The City will continue to assist the condo board in escorting remaining residents with recovering a limited amount of essential items until Saturday at 3 p.m.
  • Those residents who have not yet accessed their units can register at the grey tent in the parking lot adjacent to the Millrise Sobey’s to gain temporary access and recover limited belongings (2 boxes). Access to the site will be available from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. however those residents who have already accessed their units to recover belongings will be facilitated access through the condo board in the near future.
  • For questions about items in storage or storage bins, residents need to contact their condo board or management.
  • Vehicles will be retrieved from the parkade on Saturday so that residents can pick them up. More information about pickup locations will be provided as it becomes available. Please you ensure you have your driver’s licence and vehicle registration if available.
As of 6:40 p.m., on March 19, 2010

  • Residents of units 118 – 242, 324 - 342 will now be allowed temporary access to their units to retrieve personal belongings. These residents should report to the Calgary Police Service cruiser in the Sobey's Millrise parking lot. The Millrise Sobey's is located at 150 Millrise Blvd. SW.
  • Resident access to the building will be done for the day at 8 p.m.
  • The Reception Centre will be open again Saturday at Southview Alliance Church (1436 James McKevitt Road SW) at 9 a.m.
  • Resident information sessions will be held at the Reception Centre at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.. These sessions will cover updates on the impact of the fire and Disaster Social Services caseworkers will be available to assist residents with beginning the process of finding longer-term accommodations.
As of 3 p.m., on March 19, 2010

All units on all floors will now have temporary access to their units to retrieve limited belongings, with the following exceptions:


118-119
218-219
318-319
401-419

We are hopeful that units 118-119, 218-219, 318-319 will have access by 5:00pm tonight.

These residents should report to the Calgary Police Service cruiser in the Sobey's Millrise parking lot. The Millrise Sobey's is located at 150 Millrise Blvd. SW

As of 11 a.m., on March 19, 2010


Unit 11 residents have returned to their building, and Unit 23 is still declared un-habitable.

A structural engineer is on-site to assess for structural integrity and determine safety level. If the site is deemed safe for temporary re-entry, officials will go through the building to rescue pets and residents will be allowed to retrieve a limited number of small belongings.

The City is working on plan to retrieve approximately 50 vehicles from the parkade of Building 23 to a location where they can be picked up - owners will be provided with instructions on vehicle pick-up location.

Residents will be able to get updated information on calgary.ca or by calling 3-1-1.

They will be able to pick up their mail at the Canada Post Depot, located at 4141 118 Ave. S.E., Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Residents can call 403-974-2022 ext. 2218 to see if they have mail for pick-up.Disaster Social Services has service agreements in place to meet food, clothing and lodging needs of evacuees, therefore donations (or offers of lodging) are not being accepted at this time.

Please only call 3-1-1 for essential information.Road closures remain in effect.

At 12:08 p.m. Mar. 18

A fire was reported at 23 Millrise Drive SW. Upon arrival Calgary Fire Department personnel found a four story building on fire with flames and smoke coming from the building. The fire was aggressive in nature and before long Fire crews needed to be pulled from the building and an exterior defensive attack ensued. The building has 159 units with 150 occupied. Immediately adjacent to this building, 11 Millrise Drive SW, is a second building with 159 units with 100 occupied that has been exposed to smoke only. It is estimated that more than 400 residents have been evacuated as a result of this fire.

Active fire fighting continues at 23 Millrise Drive SW as a result of flare ups in the building. All known residents are out of both buildings.

23 Millrise Drive is not habitable, and it is recommended that residents of this building find longer-term accommodation plans. Structural engineers will be on site tomorrow to inspect the building.

Staff are working towards restoring electricity and gas service to 11 Millrise Drive in order to provide residents with access to their homes.

Calgary Police Service is on site and controlling the perimeter. Alberta Health Services EMS is also on site to assist Fire crews and bystanders. In addition, an on site reception tent has been established by Canada Task Force 2 for residents attempting to get access to their home. Animal and Bylaw Services has been matching animals with their owners and will ensure that all pets are cared for if owners cannot be found.

There has been one injury reported, a Firefighter who was transported to the Rockyview General Hospital and he is considered stable with minor injuries. Five Police Officers who were exposed to smoke have been treated by Alberta Health Service EMS.

A reception centre was established at the Southview Alliance Church located at 1436 James McKevitt Road S.W. At this time the centre is being staffed by Disaster Social Service staff who are assisting approximately 180 residents. Staff will be on site this evening until all displaced residents have been assisted. The reception centre will reopen tomorrow morning at 9 a.m.

All road closures and transit detours will remain in effect this evening and into tomorrow.

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