The landfill fire in Katepwa may be all but out, but now questions are flaring up over the provincial government’s response time in helping a tiny community battle this blaze.
The fire lasted nearly six months after starting in October with arson as the suspected cause. Katepwa Mayor Fred Weekley said they were first told by the Ministry of the Environment not to put water on the fire otherwise they would be fined. Then they were told to put clay on the flames, which didn’t work. After that, emails and phoned calls were not returned for months.
There is still no sign of a mother and daughter who haven't been seen since a fatal fire last weekend.
Ray Allen Yacevich's body was found in a burnt-out home Sunday. More than two weeks later it was determined that he was murdered.
He lived with the two women: Rosalyn and Sarah Wilm.
"We really don't know at this point where they are or why they haven't been in touch with family," said Elizabeth Popowich with the Regina Police Service. She said Regina can often seem like a small city until police have to try and find individuals.
A fire that has been burning for nearly half a year at the Katepwa landfill appears as if it’s finally out.
“We are not seeing any smoldering or any smoke,” said Katepwa’s emergency management consultant Warren Bobbee. “I can just about say that we’re just about done.”
“This is a huge weight off of our shoulders,” he added.
The Regina Police Service (RPS) is looking for the two women who lived in a home that was the scene of a fire Sunday where a man's burned body was found inside.
On Thursday, RPS announced that the fire was now considered a murder investigation. The remains of Ray Allen Yacevich, 53, were found in the house at 1450 Wascana St. after fire fighters put out the blaze. The Regina Police Service also confirmed Thursday that Yacevich lived in the home.
As most of Regina was still asleep Sunday morning, crews from the Regina fire department were pulling a burned body from a charred house on the 1400 block of Wascana St.
The neighbourhood was eerily quiet as crews worked to extinguish the last embers of what had been a large fire earlier in the morning. Deputy Fire Chief Layne Jackson said they got the call at 6:19 a.m.
“We arrived on scene in approximately three minutes to find the house fully involved with fire,” he said. “Crews quickly brought it under control and extinguished (it), and a body was found in the house.”
A fire in the industrial area of Regina that was thought to be suspicious is now being investigated as arson.
Regina Fire and Protective Services said Thursday that a blaze that started on McAra Street in Regina’s east end Monday morning was intentionally set by someone.
Several businesses suffered extensive damage, which is now being estimated at $500,000.
A man is in critical conditions after a shed fire in Lloydminster Wednesday.
RCMP said the fire which injured three people is suspicious.
Three people were asleep in the shed in the 4600 block of 50th Street. Two women were treated for minor burns but a man was taken to the burn unit at the University of Alberta hospital in Edmonton.
There are no ages for the three, and no word on what they were doing sleeping in the shed.
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The worst of the incredibly cold winter Regina experienced may be over, but its effects are still being felt by emergency services personnel.
One of the worst possible scenarios a firefighter could face when battling a blaze under a crucial timeframe came true on Monday.
“One of the hydrants was actually frozen,” said Deputy Fire Chief Gerard Kay.
Crews encountered that on McAra Street in the city’s east end as they battled a suspicious fire that hit a group of businesses early Monday morning.
An early morning fire that tore through a strip of businesses in Regina's east end off Dewdney Avenue and McAra Street is now being treated as suspicious.
The fire broke out just before 3:00 a.m. Monday morning.
Dan Lamb owns Ultimate Floors, one of the businesses hit by the fire. He was on the scene early in the morning surveying the damage.
As old man winter’s icy grip begins to give way to the spring melt, the Saskatoon Fire Department is reminding people to stay off the river ice.
While fire crews say people should never walk in the ice, the warmer weather means more people will be out enjoying a stroll along the banks.
“In Saskatoon, on the river, the ice is never safe so we just continue to say stay off the ice,” battalion chief David Nahachewsky said.