Saskatoon house fire on H Street caused $50,000 in damage: Saskatoon Fire Department

The Saskatoon Fire Department (SFD) received multiple calls about smoke rising from a house in block 200 of H South Street on Friday afternoon.

The deputy head of the Social Fund for Development, Yvonne Reimer, said the call came at 2:59 pm and crews arrived at the scene four minutes later.

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Reimer said crews are beginning to put out the fire and assign tactical tasks.

Natural gas and electricity were cut off for safety reasons.

The crew entered the basement of the house at 3:10 p.m., but retreated eight minutes later after being exposed to thick smoke and heat as the basement became fully implicated in the fire.

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An quenching device was activated at 3:21 p.m. through a basement window that takes three to four minutes to operate with no water or ventilation.

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“This extinguishing device interrupts the chemical chain reaction of the fire by extinguishing the flame and reducing the heat. This tool does not completely extinguish the fire but it changes the fire environment,” stated the SFD statement.

At about 3:30 p.m., Reimer said, firefighters evacuated residents from nearby homes.

Paramedics treated one person for smoke inhalation.

The fire was brought under control at 4:28 pm

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The scene has been handed over to a fire investigator who will be working with the Saskatoon Police Service during the investigation.

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The Social Fund for Development said there were no smoke alarms. Damage is estimated at $50,000.

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