The number of fires caused by careless smoking is growing in the city.
According to the Saskatoon Fire Department, there have been 23 fires in the last 18 months totaling more than $4 million in damages.
"What we see happening is that the person feels the cigarette is extinguished, so they go back inside and, unknowing to them, it smolders for some time," said Mike Ralston, assistant chief of communications with the fire department.
He said it’s often people passing by who notice the blaze and call for help.
A fire in the Mayfair neighbourhood left a duplex with significant damages on Sunday night.
A call came into 911 at 7:50 p.m. that flames were coming from the roof of a house at 1528 Avenue H North.
When fire crews arrived they found the roof fully engulfed with flames and heavy smoke. Another engine company was called in to help battle the aggressive blaze.
While some firefighters searched the inside to make sure there were no people the other crew did an aggressive attack from outside. The other side of the duplex was also evacuated.
It was supposed to be a relaxing Saturday afternoon with friends.
But it turned quickly after a garage behind a home on Atkinson Street near Arcola Street caught fire. Homeowner Ron Rider said he was sitting at his kitchen table, socializing and having a coffee when it began.
"One of the guys working on his bike (in the garage) came in and said 'Oh my God, the chair's on fire'," he said.
"Something must have gotten away when they were cleaning the (carburetors) and now there's no garage."
A home under construction in the Rosewood neighbourhood suffered extensive damage after a fire early Saturday morning.
Nobody was living in the home at the time, but one firefigther was injjured and is being treated for minor steam burns, said a release.
One RCMP officer was in the right place at the right time and a woman is still alive because of it.
On Tuesday around 7 p.m. a Deschambault Lake RCMP officer was conducting a traffic stop in the community when he saw smoke coming from a nearby home.
He said several people outside the home were waving their arms to get his attention. They informed him that they thought one person was still inside. That’s when instincts kicked in for the officer and he entered the home.
A charred husk looms where a house once stood in Moose Jaw after a house fire overnight Sunday.
A fire started in the two-storey home on the 1100 block of 1st Avenue NE, and fire crews were called just before midnight. Crews fought the flames but there isn't much left. According to Moose Jaw Fire it's almost a total loss. The damage is pegged at around $150,000.
A house fire in Erindale early Sunday morning caused extensive damage.
The call came in at 12:23 a.m. that the roof of a house at 219 Cowley Road was on fire but all of the people inside made it out safely.
Fire crews arrived on the scene soon after and started an aggressive exterior attack from the sides and from above. They also did an interior search to confirm that no people or pets were inside.
Firefighters had the blaze under control within 50 minutes but the damage costs are pegged at $600,000.
The fire is still under investigation.
It's a comeback story for Valley Ford in Hague.
Last August a fire ripped through the building, destroying it in a matter of hours. Since then General Manager Kevin Adams said the company has worked hard to continue providing services to their community.
"We've done a lot of team building this time. The staff's been great, everyone's pitched in and done a little extra."
As a monster forest fire threatens their homes, roughly 330 residents of Stanley Mission are trying to keep busy in Saskatoon.
That includes about 100 children, who were among the first to be cleared out of the danger area.
"Our main goal is to keep everybody occupied," evacuee Ahab Mckenzie said.
"It can be challenging at times. The first day we put out tricycles and all that, and [the kids] ended up in the hallway," he said. "We had to contain them because they were hitting everybody."
The RCMP is looking for more information regarding a house fire near Blackstrap Provincial Park last Thursday.
The Saskatoon RCMP was called to the house fire at Black Rock Estates around 1:30 a.m. Thursday. The house was completely destroyed by flames.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation and police are asking that anyone with information about the fire call Saskatoon RCMP or Crime Stoppers.
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