UPDATE: Structure Fire - 200 block of 33rd Street West
The fire investigator has concluded on scene, identifying this fire to be incendiary with damage estimated at approximately $50,000.
The fire investigator credits responding firefighters for their prompt action and instinctive training in quickly containing a challenging fire situation; the investigation into this incident revealed hoarding-like conditions inside the structure, impacting access, safety, and extinguishment strategies on scene.
At around 12:42 a.m. on September 9, 2020, the Saskatoon Fire Department received multiple reports of smoke exiting a structure in the 200 block of 33rd Street West. Three fire engines, one rescue unit, one aerial ladder truck, one fire investigation unit, and one battalion chief responded.
Arriving on scene in less than three minutes, fire crews found visible smoke coming from a small, boarded-up mixed-use residential/commercial structure. Firefighters breached entry to the property grounds through a rear chain-linked fence before also breaching entry to the structure itself through a rear door. Inside, firefighters were met with heavy, dark smoke and mild heat conditions; maneuvering through a significant amount of debris and clutter, fire crews located and extinguished a fire in the basement within 30 minutes from the time of the first fire engine arriving on scene. An extensive search of the structure confirmed there to be no occupants, pets, or further extension of the fire; there were no injuries as a result.
Ventilation of the structure was completed prior to fire crews concluding on scene and returning to their stations to continue proudly serving Saskatoon and area.
This incident remains under investigation with both fire and police investigators.