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Two houses sustain fire damage on Whelan Crescent

For immediate release: May 21, 2019 - 10:52pm

The Saskatoon Fire Department received multiple 911 calls beginning at approximately 6:53 pm reporting a house fire on Whelan Crescent resulting in the dispatch of 3 engine companies, a ladder company, a rescue company and a battalion chief.  The first arriving firefighters discovered two houses involved in fire and another two homes threatened to be exposed to the fire.  A request was made for an additional 2 engine companies and a fire investigator.

Fire Crews advanced hose lines to combat the fire and dedicated addition lines to protect adjacent buildings under threat from the fire.   The majority of fire was brought under control within a half an hour of arriving.  Searches for occupants confirmed no one was inside either house.  A dog was removed from one home, but unfortunately did not survive. 

The fire investigator has determined the fire originated on a rear deck of one house and spread to a neighbouring house.  It is suspected the improper disposal of smoking material in a planter caused this fire.  Estimated damages are $750,000.00.