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Firefighters fend off multiple spring grass fires

The weather might be cool but it's been a hot start to spring for Saskatoon firefighters.

Crews have already had to put out around half a dozen grass fires around Saskatoon, including two on Thursday.

A small fire along Highway 14, six kilometres west of Saskatoon, kept firefighters busy into the evening while a second fire three kilometres south of the city, put a house and Quonset at risk around 1:30 p.m.

Fire crews managed to put out the fire before it reached the structures but the cause is still unknown.

Jemini area evacuated after CO leak

Construction equipment being used indoors is blamed for a carbon monoxide scare at the Jemini arena Tuesday night.

About 150 people were evacuated from the building around
7 p.m. after high levels of the gas was detected.

A Saskenergy service technicain alerted fire crews of the leak and said one girl had fainted. She was taken to hospital by her mother.

Fire crews found the CO levels in one of the rinks was 370 ppm while other parts of the area varied between CO free and 60 ppm.

Firefighters battle early morning strip mall blaze

Fire crews raced to a Saskatoon strip mall Wednesday to battle an early morning blaze.

Heavy smoke and flames were coming from the roof of the building at 924 Northumberland Avenue across from Vincent Massey School when police got the call around 7 a.m.

Fire crews used power saws to get into the attic space where they found out the fire had spread to one of the tenants bays.

The blaze was brought under control in 30 minutes.

The cause is still under investigation and there is no damage estimate at this time.

SK Red Cross urging families to be prepared

The Canadian Red Cross is urging people to take steps to be prepared as it sees an increasing number of people needing help after disasters.

Police and fire investigate fatal garage fire

Saskatoon Police confirmed a body was recovered from inside a garage that caught fire early this afternoon in Saskatoon's Meadowgreen neighbourhood.

Crews battle grass fire south of Saskatoon

A grass fire south of Saskatoon posed no threat to people or property as it burned through 20 acres of empty field Saturday.

The Saskatoon Fire Department got a call about a fire in an empty field north of the Grasswood's Esso along Highway 11 at 1:20 p.m.

According to Battalion Chief David Nahachewsky, the fire covered roughly 20 acres of grass but was not a threat. Nahachewsky said wetlands and a road surrounding the area helped the fire burn itself out.  The fire was extinguished around 4 p.m.

The cause of the blaze is still unknown.

Huge grass fire a close call in Swift Current

A grassfire north of Swift Current spread quickly Thursday evening, threatening a number of buildings in that city's north end.

RCMP in the south-west Saskatchewan city confirm that the flames endangered a home, along with the the Swift Current Mall and the hospital.

"Oh my goodness, (the fire) is huge," said Arlyssa Purcell calling News Talk Radio from her parent's home on the outskirts of the city.

"It's going right from the top of the hill all the way down to town."

Suspicious fire forces evacuation of 22nd Street apartment


Saskatoon Fire crews are investigating after a suspicious fire forced the evacuation of a 22nd street apartment Wednesday evening.

Meanwhile, Saskatoon Police have taken a 53 year old woman into custody on an arson charge.

Saskatoon Fire Department got the call at 4:49 p.m. about the fire in a basement unit of an apartment at 1817 22nd West at Avenue S South.

Police said they were called to the apartment just nine minutes prior because of a disturbance between a tenant and the landlord.

Attic fire northwest of Saskatoon causes thousands in damage

The Saskatoon Fire Department was busy early Wednesday morning after a house went up in flames northwest of the city at the intersection of the Dalmeny Grid and Claypool Drive.

Firefighters said they started with an interior attack and found flames and arcing in the attic of the home near an electric roof vent.

Crews had the fire under control in 25 minutes.

The only person in the home escaped safely after he was alerted by a smoke detector.

Damage is estimated at $50,000.

The cause of the fire hasn't been determined.

Fire leaves levels of Saskatoon Square with water damage

A small fire in the Saskatoon Square Building has left some floors with extensive water damage.

Fire crews were called to the building on 22nd Street East at around 7:35 p.m. They found a  small fire on the fifth floor with thick smoke coming from it. The sprinkler system had been activated.

The fire itself was put out in minutes and fire fighters turned off the sprinklers but there was already "extensive" water damage to the floors below.

Fire crews said they moved equipment to protect them.

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