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One of Regina's free community libraries hit by arsonists

When Dennie Fornwald walked outside her home Sunday morning, she found a pile of burnt books.

Fornwald had been lovingly maintaining a free library in the Heritage neighbourhood. The little take-a-book leave-a-book box was well-used by the community. She estimates about 10 people used it every day during the summer months.

At around 3:00AM Sunday morning, the library was set on fire by vandals.

Ceiling collapses at Moose Jaw court of Queen's Bench

The Moose Jaw court of Queen's Bench suffered over $1 million worth of damage Saturday after part of the ceiling collapsed.

Police and fire crews responded to an alarm at the courthouse at around 11:00 a.m. Saturday.

When they went inside, they found that part of the inner ceiling collapsed down to the second floor. That caused some water pipes to burst and flood the building's lower floors.

Sgt. Terry Phillips with the Moose Jaw Police said there was a guard on site as crews went to work retrieving what documents and other valuables they could.

Careless smoking causes third Saskatoon fire

For the third time in less than a week, the Saskatoon Fire department has had to put out a fire that was started by careless smoking.

Fire Crews responded Friday night to a fire on a deck attached to a home on Emerald Court in the Lakeview neighbourhood around 10:00 p.m.

"Investigators determine, and they had been smoking earlier, and they disposed of the cigarette in a flower pot. It started the fire," said Saskatoon Battalion Chief Marc DeGirolamo.

Update: Investigators determine cause of apartment fire

Saskatoon Fire and Protective Services  have determined the the cause of a fire Friday morning in Saskatoon's Exhibition neighbourhood.

Investigators say the early morning blaze was caused by the improper disposal of smoking materials.

Meanwhile, tenants are planning their next moves after their apartment building was heavily damaged.

Derek Donald says he's thankful a neighbour let him and a few other tenants stay in her home after they fled the burning apartment complex on at 704 Hilliard Street around 2 a.m..

Two Saskatoon homes damaged in fire

Investigators from Saskatoon Fire and Protective Services are working to figure out what started a fire that damaged two homes.

Assistant Chief Bill Coffin said firefighters arrived on the 600 block of Taylor Street shortly after 1 p.m. following reports of a shed fire.

Coffin said flames spread quickly from the shed to an adjacent fence.

"When the crews got here, it was about a two-minute response, (the fire) was fully involved and already impinging on the houses."

Young Regina girl gets 4 kids out of house during fire

The Regina fire department is applauding a young girl for her actions on Wednesday after a fire broke out in her home on Regent Crescent.

Crews got the call at about 4:30 p.m. after a sump pump short-circuited and a small fire broke out in the basement of the townhouse, tripping the fire alarm. A girl under the age of 12 was looking after four other younger children at the time. According to Deputy Fire Chief Gerard Kay, the girl gathered the kids, got them out of the house and asked a neighbour to call 911.

Firefighters in the Bridge City remember fallen friends

In solemn silence, Saskatoon fire crews gathered Wednesday to remember their fallen comrades the world around and mark a dark day for their American counterparts.
 
Twelve years ago, 343 firefighters and paramedics lost their lives when the twin towers came crashing down in New York City on September 11th, 2001. Countless more died or suffer from illnesses related to that day.
 

Fire-ravaged Hague car dealership back in business

Two weeks after being gutted by a fire, the Valley Ford dealership in Hague, Sask. is once again able to service vehicles after finding a rental space to use as a new service centre.

The mechanics are likely spinning wrenches saved from the previous building before it was ravaged by flames.

Shop foreman Henry Penner, along with four other men, rescued hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of tools, vehicles and equipment before flames spread from the front office to the service bays.

City of Saskatoon thanks inmates

A partnership between Saskatoon Fire and Protective Services and Saskatoon Provincial Correctional Centre is helping keep the city's streets and alleys clean.

The partnership began in 2011 and brought the Corrections Urban Camp program to help clean up neighbourhoods in Saskatoon.

UPDATE: Fire crews battle early blaze in Moose Jaw

A home in Moose Jaw burned to the ground early Saturday morning.

Fire crews were called to Everton Crescent at about 6:30 a.m.and found a house fully engulfed in flames. They worked through the morning to get the blaze out.

“I went to back out of the garage and heard the fire trucks. I happened to look just a little south of us and the house a couple of doors down was fully engulfed in flames,” said Greg Carline who lives nearby. He spoke with CHAB Radio shortly after the fire.

"The whole front of the house was on fire."

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