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Firefighters contain massive grass fire

March 30, 2016, Balzac, Alta. - Smoke filled the sky near Calgary as firefighters worked to contain a huge blaze that destroyed four outbuildings Tuesday afternoon.

March 30, 2016
By The Canadian Press

Officials in Rocky View County say it started as a grass fire at about 12:40 p.m. Tuesday and then spread to a large area.

Crews were able to save two nearby houses, but Laura Roberts, who lives in one of the homes, says the fire burned through a shop and several old buildings.

Roberts claims sparks from a railway line caused the fire, and she says it’s the third fire on the property in just the past few days.

“There was a fire two days ago lit by an engine and my son’s son-in-law and husband put that fire out. Early hours of this morning, there was another fire lit by an engine. The fire department — I think Chestermere — put that one out. This one got away,” Roberts said.

The official cause of the fire is under investigation.

Everyone escaped the fire safely, and there was no livestock living on the property.