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UPDATE: Structure Fire - 1800 block of 20th Street West

For immediate release: September 9, 2020 - 10:44am
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A fire investigator has concluded on scene of a structure fire that occurred early this morning, September 9, 2020, in the 1800 block of 20th Street West; this fire was identified as incendiary with damage estimated at about $25,000.

The Saskatoon Fire Department reminds members of the public to report non-emergent suspicious activity to the Saskatoon Police Service at 306-975-8300; in an emergency, call 911 immediately.

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At approximately 1:44 a.m. on September 9, 2020, the Saskatoon Fire Department received multiple 911 calls reporting a residential structure on fire in the 1800 block of 20th Street West. Three fire engines, one rescue unit, one aerial ladder truck, one fire investigation unit, and one battalion chief were dispatched for response. 

Firefighters arrived on scene in about four minutes to find a boarded-up residential structure with flames visible from the front. Immediately deploying hose lines, fire crews initiated an exterior attack on the fire prior to making entry to continue extinguishment from the interior; the fire was brought under control within 10 minutes from the time of the first fire engine arriving on scene. Fire dispatchers notified the appropriate utility technicians to attend the scene as utilities servicing the structure were required to be shut down. A thermal imaging camera was used to conduct searches of the structure where it was confirmed that no occupants or pets were inside and no further extension of the fire occurred; there were also no injuries as a result.

Upon completing ventilation of the structure, firefighters left the scene with fire and police investigators to begin an examination and gather evidence.