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Calgary Fire spares the home of a man who moved in 6 weeks ago

Posted at 3:21 AM, Aug 08, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-08 06:21:50-04

The Calgary Fire that destroyed nine homes in Wofford Heights spared the home of a man who moved in just six weeks ago.

Chris Christensen and his wife were in Los Angeles when the 50-acre blaze started Aug. 5.

His neighbor called him when she heard an explosion around 1:30 a.m.

"We feel like there were a couple of angels looking over us this weekend," Christensen said.

Joe Hannifin, owner of two of the homes that were destroyed had just renovated one of the properties.

He was in town earlier on froday to check out the finished project and by Saturday everything was gone.

Hannifin brought his best friend with him to walk through what was left of his houses to see what they could salvage.

All he was able to take away from these homes, he said, were the memories he made throughout the years with his family.

"I mean, we spent more time here this summer than we did at home," Hannifin told 23ABC.

Although dozens of residents were displaced from the fire, the Kern County Fire Department said the damage could have been much worse.

"The amount of teamwork that was able to respond here saved over 300 homes," Anthony Romero from KCFD said.

The fire is currently 90 percent contained. The cause of the fire is still being investigated.