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UPDATE: Structure Fires - 2000 block of Kensington Road

For immediate release: May 25, 2020 - 1:57pm

The investigation into a fire that damaged two residential structures in the 2000 block of Kensington Road on May 24, 2020 has concluded. The cause of the fire is considered accidental and understood to be the self-heating of a hot material that had been deposited into a household recycling bin. A fire investigator has estimated damage at approximately $30,000.

Information on acceptable items to deposit into a household recycling bin can be found at


At approximately 2:23 p.m. on May 24, 2020, the Saskatoon Fire Department received multiple 911 calls with reports varying from smoke in the area to multiple residential structures on fire. Three fire engines, one rescue unit, one aerial ladder truck, one fire investigation unit, and one battalion chief were dispatched for immediate response.

Prior to the arrival of fire crews, bystanders were reported to be successfully extinguishing the fire. Upon arrival, a mostly extinguished fire that had caused notable damage to two residential structures was observed. All occupants had safely self-evacuated and no injuries were sustained. Firefighters verified that the fire had not extended further into either structure before establishing ventilation to clear smoke from the interior of one of the structures involved.

The fire is currently under investigation; a damage estimate is not yet available.