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UPDATE: Structure Fire - 100 block of Stechishin Crescent

For immediate release: June 30, 2020 - 11:14am
20-07695

The investigation into a fire that occurred on June 27, 2020 in the 100 block of Stechishin Crescent and caused approximately $150,000 in damage has concluded. A fire investigator has identified the fire to be accidental as a result of the improper use of an extension cord; it was pinched beneath a piece of furniture when it overheated, began arcing, and ignited nearby items.

The Fire Prevention and Investigation section reminds members of the public that extension cords are intended for temporary use only and can pose a serious hazard when used incorrectly. Never run extension cords across doorways or under carpets; this increases the possibility of a fire and also a fall!

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At approximately 1:36 p.m. on June 27, 2020, the Saskatoon Fire Department received multiple 911 calls reporting a possible structure fire in the 100 block of Stechishin Crescent. Three fire engines, one rescue unit, one aerial ladder truck, one fire investigation unit, and one battalion chief were dispatched for response. 

In less than four minutes, firefighters arrived on scene to find a residential structure producing visible smoke; all occupants were confirmed to have been outside and uninjured. An immediate interior attack was initiated with fire crews locating and extinguishing a fire in the basement; at around 2:16 p.m. the fire was considered to be under control. There was no further extension of the fire beyond the basement. Ventilation was established to clear the structure of remaining smoke and carbon monoxide before firefighters concluded and turned the scene over to a fire investigator. 

The fire investigator is continuing to analyze the scene to identify a cause and origin. Damage has been estimated at approximately $150,000.