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Pair stuck in Bessborough elevator for hour

Two people had a longer than expected elevator trip up the Delta Bessborough Friday night, after their ride became stuck between floors.

At around 9:30 p.m. the lift became stuck between floors.

The pair were stuck in the elevator for a hour before the Saskatoon Fire Department was able to secure the car and get them out.

No one was injured.

Train derailment at Caron sends smoke into the air

A 55-year-old man is recovering after driving his truck into a train west of Moose Jaw Monday.

The crash happened near Caron, when the driver of the truck was heading north on a grid road and crashed into a westbound Canadian Pacific train.

"We saw the cars laying in the ditch and all the smoke coming off the engine. Stuff on fire," said Grayson Howe.

Howe was playing video games at his friend Doug Isaac’s farm, when Isaac’s mother called out to the boys about an accident.

Regina fire crews respond to smart meter fire on weekend

Saturday proved to be a scary morning for people in a Regina home as a smart meter sparked a small fire.
 
Fire crews were called out to a unit in a multi-family home in the Harbour Landing area at 9:54 a.m. Saturday for an electrical fire on the outside of the house.
 
"Upon arrival the captain reported there seemed to be issued with the meter socket and the mounting case," explained Randy Ryba, fire marshall with Regina Fire and Protective Services.
 

Basement fire in Victoria Street home

Four fire trucks were at the scene of a house fire on Victoria Avenue Friday evening.

Regina Fire Department says the homeowner was watching TV when the smoke detector went off. The fire started in the basement and a woman was able to get out safely.

Traffic headed east on Victoria avenue was re-routed onto Elliot Street but drivers travelling towards downtown were forced to make a u-turn.

Firefighters were able to get the fire under control. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Fire destroys Regina home early Tuesday morning

As the sun came up Tuesday morning a charred husk stood where a home once was on Sunninghill Crescent in Whitmore Park.

Randy Ryba with Regina Fire and Protective Services said the fire started in the garage but the lone person inside manage to get out and call 911 just before 3:30 A.M. When fire crews got to the home Ryba said the home was almost fully engulfed so their primary focus was protecting the neighbouring homes. There ended up being some damage to the house just to the west.

Man rescued after vacant house catches fire

A fire in a vacant Saskatoon house landed a man in police custody.

At 9:42 a.m. Monday fire crews were called to 427 Ave G South after smoke was seen coming from the boarded up house.

When firefighters arrived on scene they found a 23-year-old man trapped on the roof and breaking windows. Using a ladder firefighters were able to remove the man from the roof and he was examined by MD ambulance before being taken into police custody. He is now facing a charge of arson and three breaches of his probation order.

Gas leak prompts evacuation of warehouse


A forklift operator is to blame for causing a natural gas leak Monday morning at a warehouse on Jasper Avenue.

The Saskatoon Fire Department and police service were called to 2630 Jasper Avenue around 11:43 a.m.

The severed gas line was located inside the building and Sask Energy was called to turn off the gas.

All the employees got out safety and were allowed to return to the building an hour later.

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New cameras detecting wildfires in northern SK

New technology at the Provincial Wildfire Centre may mean faster identification of wildfires, and even enhanced fire prediction based on weather.

This comes after the introduction of cameras on wildfire detection towers. The 42 towers, located in the forests of northern Saskatchewan, used to be manned by actual people.

These 28 workers were laid off in favour of the new technology in order to save resources. Although the new cameras came at a cost of $1.54 million dollars, yearly operational cost cuts are expected to be in the $200,000 range.

House fire south of Saskatoon claims a life

Fire investigators are trying to identify a man who was found dead in a house that burned down in Hanley.

The local fire department says the call came in at around 1:30 a.m. Thursday morning.

It only took crews about 10 minutes for crews to arrive, but the house was fully involved by the time they got there.

"It was an older house. It had a couple of additions on it, and now basically, it's a total loss," Hanley Fire Chief Darren Grindheim said.

Cathedral Bluffs fire caused by lightning, says homeowner

The man who owns a million-dollar home that went up in flames in the Cathedral Bluffs development north of Saskatoon believes the house was struck by lightning in the middle of the night, according to the Saskatoon Fire Department.
 
Battalion Chief David Nahachewsky said the homeowner actually lives across the street from the empty home in Corman Park, which he had been trying to sell.
 

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