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Fire destroys part of Canmore seniors complex

12/30/2011 11:57 EST | Updated 02/29/2012 05:12 EST

About 15 people in Canmore need a new place to live after a fire destroyed one wing of a seniors residence early Friday morning.

No one was hurt in the blaze at the Bow River Senior Citizens Lodge in the mountain town west of Calgary.

All the residents got out of the building safely after the fire started around 3:30 a.m., said Canmore fire chief Todd Sikorsky.

By 7:30 a.m. a reduced crew was dousing the remaining flames. One wing of the complex was destroyed but the main lodge is still intact, Sikorsky said.

Some residents were picked up by family members and officials are looking for temporary housing for the rest of them.

Two firefighters were taken to hospital as a precaution for smoke inhalation. A fire crew from Banff helped battle the blaze.

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