Woman dies, man and son escape, as Calgary house goes up in flames

A Calgary woman has been killed in a wind-whipped fire that destroyed a house and left firefighters scrambling to save surrounding homes.

CALGARY — A Calgary woman has been killed in a wind-whipped fire that destroyed a house and left firefighters scrambling to save surrounding homes.

The woman’s body was discovered in the charred wreckage of the southwest neighbourhood residence after firefighters snuffed out the overnight blaze.

A man and his son were taken to hospital with smoke inhalation after escaping from the burning house.

A neighbour says he ran over with a fire extinguisher when the flames erupted but the blaze was already out of control.

District fire chief Russ Humphries says the wind carried sparks that ignited cedar shingles on roofs across the street, but crews were able to quickly extinguish them.

The woman’s name has not been released.