The manager of Transport City Esso in Swift Current is thanking his lucky stars today.
A semi in the parking lot, carrying a load of gasoline and diesel fuel caught on fire around 4 a.m.
Bret Shatosky said the transport truck was out front, on the south side of his building.
"It was smoking for all it's worth," he exclaimed.
A vent plug failed causing a fire damaging buildings and equipment at the Co-op Refinery last month in Regina, the third significant fire at the refinery in the last year and a half.
The latest fire started around midnight Feb. 11 when a carbon steel vent plug failed because of sulfidation, a type of chemical reaction. The Regina Fire Department says this led to extreme pressure and extremely high temperatures which caused the fire.
More than 13 families lost their home in a fire on the Thunderchild First Nation Monday.
The building that caught fire, called the "Tech," housed a classroom, business area, and a number of suites.
"Some people didn't even know there was a fire," said Shania, a woman who lives on the First Nation, "like my cousin. Her daughter, husband and her were in their unit. They heard people making a lot of noise and yelling. They opening the door to a gust of smoke - thick, black smoke."
The homes are quiet now but three different houses on Robinson Street went up in flames at different points this week. Now, Regina Police Service is investigating them as suspicious.
The latest fire was at 1045 Robinson Street on Thursday night. Besides the police tape and a few boarded up windows, from the street you wouldn't be able to tell there had been a fire; there's even a tire swing still hanging from the tree in the front yard.
What was once a home is now a blackened, hallowed shell after a fire destroyed a home on Lorne Street near 6th Avenue North Thursday afternoon.
Regina Fire and Protective Services got a 911 call about a home that had heavy flames and smoke, located a few blocks south of the Northgate Mall.
Dale Lakeman lives in an apartment building on the street, and said the smoke was so thick that he couldn't see where it was coming from. He drove closer to the scene to try and get an idea of what was happening.
Regina Fire and Protective Services are looking for a man who ran from a burning home after trying to put out the flames with snow Monday night.
Just after 8:00 p.m., fire crews raced to the 900 block of Robinson Street where a home was fully engulfed in flames.
The two victims of a fatal house fire near Yellow Creek on Valentine’s Day have been identified as Marlene and Stephen Tokarchik.
The family granted the coroner permission to release the names of the people who lived in the house.
According to RCMP, the exact cause of the fire in Yellow Creek may never be known due to the amount of the property that was burned. The fire stayed so hot that fire investigators couldn't properly take a look inside until the following day.
RCMP said foul play has been ruled out.
A combination store and restaurant in Lafleche near Gravelbourg and went up in flames over the noon hour.
Kelly Caragata drove into town a short while ago to check on the damage.
"It looks like the store Merchandise on Main is almost burnt to the ground. Fire crews are putting water on it looks like just to keep it from jumping," said Caragata.
According to RCMP, the exact cause of a fatal house fire in Yellow Creek may never be known due to the amount of the property that was burned.
The house burned down on Valentine’s Day. It stayed so hot, fire investigators couldn't properly take a look inside until the following day.
Sgt. Paul Dawson said foul play has been ruled out.
The remains of two people were found in the debris of the residence. It’s suspected that those are the remains of the two people who lived there, but Dawson said they have not yet confirmed that.
Explosions and smoke sent emergency crews to the Canada Life building Monday afternoon.
After receiving over a dozen calls, Regina Fire Services were called to the alley between Hamilton Street and Scarth Street at around 1:30 p.m.
"It was suspected that it was gas in nature but it has turned out to be electrical," said Gerard Kay.
The callers from the area reported hearing numerous explosions and seeing smoke in the alley.