3 people, 4 pets safely escape from basement fire in southeast Calgary

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The Calgary Fire Department says all of the occupants, as well as their pets, are safe after a fire broke out in the basement of a home Saturday afternoon.

Officials say they were called to the 200 block of McKenzie Lake Bay S.E. at just before 2 p.m. for reports of a house fire.

When they arrived, the residents of the home, who had all gotten out safely thanks to a functional smoke alarm, met them.

Three cats and a dog were also safe, CFD officials say.

Crews then located a fire in the furnace room and quickly extinguished it.

The home is being ventilated and it's expected the residents will be able to return home.