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A devastating fire destroyed a family’s home and damaged four others in a Calgary neighborhood. 

Firefighters rushed to the scene after the flames erupted around midnight on a Sunday. At the scene, they found a two-story home engulfed in flames. As it burned it shot enormous flames at the neighbors’ houses.

fire in Sherwood, Calgary homes

Screenshot via Global News

To combat the fire, the firefighters brought in two water towers. Then, they stayed through the night until the morning to ensure the fires remained out.

As the sirens sounded, hundreds of neighbors came to witness some of “the biggest flames they had ever seen,” according to reporter Matthew Conrod.

“It’s nothing like you see on TV,” said Dilyar Askar told the local news. “Once we got here, there were about 100-200 neighbors coming and showing how bad they feel for the family.”

Reporter Matthew Conrod talks to Dilyar Askar

Reporter Matthew Conrod talks to Dilyar Askar, via Global News

Fortunately, all the residents made it out without injury, but one pet cat named Tigger remained missing. All three homes would likely have to be rebuilt, while another would require repairs.

 

Tigger the Cat Spotted in the Burned Rafters

After the fire, the Campbell family was heartbroken at losing Tigger, their home, and everything they owned. 

“It was the most horrific night of our lives, and as we watched the news coverage and saw all the photos of the fire that surfaced online, we still can’t believe what happened, and we are so relieved that all this fiery blaze took was our ‘stuff.’ We are beyond thankful that everyone is safe,” B. Campbell wrote on Facebook.

Campbell family looks at their home

Image via Facebook

As you can see in the pictures, the home was a blackened, charred shell.

Destruction from fire in Sherwood, Calgary house fire July, 2021

Image by Dilyar Askar via CBC

🐈 The Whole Family Survives the Fire 🐈

On Monday, a neighbor spotted movement in the burned rafters of the home’s second story, reports the Calgary Herald.

Astonishingly, it was Tigger, the cat! 

Soon, the Calgary Fired Department came to the rescue again and safely captured the miraculous survivor.

On a GoFundMe created to help the family, they posted:

“Tigger is safe and unharmed, but ‘a little anxious, smells like smoke, and is dirtier than usual,'” the page said.

The Campbell family, Madisyn Campbell with Tigger

The Campbell family, Madisyn Campbell with Tigger via GoFundMe/ Calgary Herald

“I am so thankful for the firefighters that saved everyone and everything they could, while risking their own lives as well as eventually saving the last piece of our family… our cat Tigger,” wrote K. Campbell.

After the fire, the community rallied and the GoFundMe raised over $68K to help the Campbell family start over. Healing purrs to you all!!

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