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Structure fire - 200 Block of Elm Street

For immediate release: August 8, 2022 - 9:50am

At 10:43 p.m. on August 7, 2022, the Saskatoon Fire Department received a report of hearing an alarm ringing at a neighbor's property in the 200 Block of Elm Street.  It was unknown if anyone was home.  It was unknown if it was a carbon monoxide or smoke alarm ringing.  This call was dispatched as the latter to ensure enough resources would respond if need be.  Three fire engines, one rescue unit, one ladder truck and the Battalion Chief responded.   First arriving fire crews saw no sign of fire from the street.  Firefighters did an evaluation of the interior from the exterior.  It was determined that the door to the house needed to be breached as smoke was visible inside.  Upon forcing entry through the front door, firefighters encountered thick smoke conditions.  A small fire was located at the top of the stairwell to the basement.  The fire was quickly extinguished.  A female occupant was discovered in a bedroom and removed by firefighters.  Patient care was transferred to the ambulance service who transported the occupant to the hospital for smoke inhalation.

Fire crews ventilated the structure then returned to their respective stations.

The Fire Investigator estimates the damage to be $1000 to the flooring of the structure.  It was the quick call to the fire department by the neighbor at the onset of hearing an alarm that assisted in minimizing property damage.  The cause of the fire is still under investigation.  Patient status is not known at this time or the reason that the occupant was not able to self evacuate.

An update as to the cause of this fire will be reported when it is available.