Kitchen Fire - 20 block of Central Place
At around 6:45 a.m. on September 14, 2020, the Saskatoon Fire Department received a 911 call reporting smoke on the third level of a multi-unit apartment building. Three fire engines, one rescue unit, one aerial ladder truck, one fire investigation unit, and one battalion chief were dispatched for response.
Arriving on scene in less than one minute, firefighters found a three-level walkup apartment with an evacuation in progress. Upon entering the building, an extinguished kitchen fire was located in a unit on the third level. All additional responding fire crews were canceled and sent back to their stations by the commanding fire officer with the exception of the aerial ladder truck. Using ventilation equipment, firefighters cleared mild smoke from the unit and building prior to concluding on scene.
A fire investigator has identified the cause of the fire to be accidental as a result of unattended cooking. Approximately $3,000 in damage occurred. The Fire Prevention and Investigation section reminds members of the public that fires start when your attention stops; always remain alert and aware when cooking, ensuring that combustible materials are a safe distance from all cooking appliances that are capable of producing heat.