(Source: Calgary Sun)

Hundreds of people are homeless after a massive fire destroyed much of a four-storey southwest condominium complex Thursday.

In less than an hour, the blaze ate its way across the roof of the 159-unit building at 23 Millrise Dr., sending massive, dark grey clouds of smoke into the sky, visible from kilometres away.

Fire crews could only fight the blaze from the exterior — some climbing high up along aerial ladders pummelling the stubborn blaze with a relentless torrent of water — while police blocked traffic for several surrounding blocks.

Read the full story by Nadia Moharib and Shawn Logan “Massive Millrise fire engulfs condos” in the Calgary Sun (March 18, 2010)

Map the Millrise neighbourhood in Calgary here.

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