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Garage fire - 2500 Block of Clarence Avenue South

For immediate release: January 16, 2022 - 12:00pm

At 11:48 p.m. on January 15, 2022, Saskatoon Fire Department Communications Center received a report that a garage was on fire in the 2500 Block of Clarence Avenue South.  Three fire engines, one ladder truck, one rescue unit and a Battalion Chief responded.  A fire crew arrived at 11:51 p.m. and reported heavy smoke showing from a detached garage.  Fire crews initially attacked the fire using the hose line in the bumper of the fire engine.  Access to the interior of the garage was made through the man door.  All other incoming fire crews were assigned tactical duties to perform on their arrivals.  This fire was brought under control at midnight on January 16, 2022.  Fire crews completed checking all areas of the roof and attic to ensure the flame or heat hadn't extended.  At 12:46 a.m., the last fire crew on scene returned to their station to begin the work of getting tools cleaned and ensuring the fire engine was fully equipped and ready to respond.

A Fire Investigator had been requested to attend the fire scene.  The scene was turned over to the Fire Investigator who conducted a cause and origin scene examination.  Fire was determined to be accidental due to a block heater cord being plugged into an extension cord.  The cord had been pinched from the hood being closed and compressing it.  Fire originated in the hood area of the vehicle.  Damage from this fire is estimated to be $60,000.  Fire Investigator left the scene once the garage was secured.