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UPDATE: Early morning fire at 229 Avenue F North

For immediate release: July 6, 2018 - 4:05pm
FR18-113

The Saskatoon Fire Department is collaborating with Saskatoon Police Service arson and major crimes detectives as they investigate a suspicious death following an early morning house fire.

“With all fire deaths, we proceed with the assumption of some level of suspicion until it can be disproved,” says Acting Fire Chief Anthony Tataryn. “Our fire investigators work closely with the police arson investigators and they’re the ones who determine who needs to be involved and at what point.”

At 2:31 a.m. fire crews were called to reports of smoke in the area of Avenue F North and Bedford Road. A single engine from Station No. 1 was dispatched to further investigate the reports. After a search in the neighbourhood, the responding fire crew discovered smoke coming from the rear of 229 Avenue F North.

More crews were called immediately – upgrading the response with two more engines, an aerial ladder truck and a rescue truck from stations No. 1, No. 2 and No. 4.

Fire crews made a quick interior fire attack from the rear of the structure. They had the flames under control in 12 minutes.

“The damage was fairly extensive,” Tataryn says. “Based on the interior and the charring in the structure, the fire was likely burning in a closed environment for a length of time prior to us getting the call – but that will be determined by the investigators.”

Fire crews searched the home and found an adult body. The deceased person was left in place and the Saskatoon Police Service was notified.