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UPDATE: Structure Fire - 300 block of Avenue P South

For immediate release: May 29, 2020 - 8:00pm
20-06236

The investigation into a fire that occurred earlier this afternoon, May 29, 2020, has concluded; a fire investigator has confirmed the fire to be incendiary. Due to the extent of previous damage, an estimate of resulting damage from this fire will not be provided.

Under the direction of the Saskatoon Fire Department, an agent of the property owner agreed to expedite demolition to minimize the imminent risk of collapse and maintain the best interests of community safety. At approximately 6:40 p.m., this evening, the structure was successfully leveled by an outside contractor; a fire investigator remained on scene to oversee the demolition process. The Fire Prevention and Investigation section will conduct follow-up to confirm future compliance with the original terms of the demolition order posted to this property.

A fenced enclosure has been erected until proper disposal of debris and subsequent leveling of the site occurs.

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At approximately 3:24 p.m. on May 29, 2020, the Saskatoon Fire Department received a 911 call reporting a boarded-up residential structure on fire in the 300 block of Avenue P South. Three fire engines, one rescue unit, one aerial ladder truck, one fire investigation unit, and one battalion chief were dispatched for response. 

The first fire engine arrived on scene within minutes to find a small fire burning at the rear of the structure. The fire was quickly contained by way of a defensive fire attack; the commanding fire officer instructed all responding fire apparatus to return to their stations upon confirmation of a manageable fire.

Due to extensive recent fire damage, a demolition order has previously been posted; the nuisance property must be leveled by June 24, 2020 to comply with the order.

A fire investigator has responded and will identify a cause and assess the resulting damage.