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Fire in a suite - 500 Block of Avenue W South

For immediate release: August 11, 2022 - 10:41am

At 7:45 p.m. on August 10, 2022, a fire crew and fire engine were attending a community event in the area of Avenue W South.  A person approached our fire crew and stated they saw smoke coming from an apartment in the 500 Block of Avenue W South.  Our fire crew arrived at 7:46 p.m.  The police were on scene and reported a fire in the basement of this apartment complex.  An additional two fire engines, one ladder unit, one rescue unit and the Battalion Chief were dispatched to the fire.  Tactical duties were assigned to all incoming fire crews and the fire crew that was first on scene located the fire suite and reported smoke showing.  The door to the suite was locked.  Fire crews forced entry into the suite and began extinguishing a fire in a small storage room beside the suite door.  This fire was brought under control at 8:11 p.m.

No injuries to civilians or firefighters occurred as a result of this fire.  The suite was vacant at the time of the fire.  Fire crews ventilated the building, to clear it of smoke and carbon monoxide that resulted from the fire.  

A Fire Investigator attended the scene and the cause has been determined as suspicious.  The Saskatoon Police will continue their portion of the investigation.  Fire originated in a small storage room causing approximately $30,000 damage to the suite.