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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.

VIDEO: Truck carrying fireworks catches fire in Swift Current

People in Swift Current caught an impromptu fireworks show on Wednesday night when a truck carrying the explosives caught fire heading into the city.
The truck was driving into Swift Current from the offramp on the highway when it caught fire around 10:00 p.m. Wednesday.
"Something ruptured and sprayed fuel all over his engine, and as he got under the bridge it exploded," explained Denis Pilon, Swift Current's Fire Chief.

Smoke covers much of Saskatchewan

Forest fires in Alberta, British Columbia and the Northwest Territories are blanketing Saskatchewan in a smokey haze.
Terri Lang with Environment Canada said most of the smoke is stemming from our neighbours to the west.
"It appears at this time that most of the most over the Saskatchewan area is actually coming from Alberta and British Columbia."
The air quality index for Saskatoon currently sits at two, meaning low risk. However, Lang said this can still cause problems for some in the province.

Fire damages two homes in Forest Grove

A major fire in Saskatoon's Forest Grove neighbourhood Thursday morning damaged two homes on the 200 block of Adolph Way.

The Saskatoon Fire Department received multiple 911 calls around 3:40 a.m. Thursday morning about a fire at 215 Adolph Way. When crews arrived, they found the fire had spread to the neighbouring home.

All the people within the homes had already evacuated when crews arrived.

SaskPower halting smart meter installations after 6 fires

SaskPower has suspended its installation of smart meters after several of the meters have caught fire.

Both SaskPower and SaskEnergy have been replacing their old meters with new technology. However, six of the smart meters being utilized by SaskPower have caught fire across the province so far.

“By and large the meters are safe,” said SaskPower Spokesperson Tyler Hopson.

House fire on Rae street damages neighboring home

The Regina fire department took only a short time to knock down a fully engaged house fire early Saturday morning.
The call came in shortly before 6:00 a.m.  from several passersby who reported the smoke and fire coming from a house at 1124 Rae Street, near Fifth Avenue.

Light smoke lingering over Saskatoon poses low risk

Smoke from fires in the Northwest Territories will continue to linger around Saskatoon skies for the next couple days, but risks to air quality will remain low.

The high pressure system that has brought above normal temperatures is also keeping the light haze from disapating, according to Environment Canada.

Fundraiser planned for Leroy rink destroyed in fire

A small Saskatchewan town of about 500 people is determined to rebuild a rink destroyed by fire.

The rink in Leroy, about two hours east of Saskatoon, was destroyed by a fire in May 2013.

"This is a hockey town. This is the heart of our community and you can definitely feel that the town's missing something during those winter months. We don't have that focal point or that center of our community any more," Bryce Moore, a member of the Leroy Rink Rebuild committee, said.

Hazy Sask. skies pose no health risk

The air was a little hazy around Regina on Tuesday; smoke from forest fires burning all the way in the Northwest Territories made its way south thanks to prevailing winds.

“For most people there should be no health issues,” assured Saskatchewan’s Chief Medical Health Officer Dr. Saqib Shahab.

According to the province’s Air Quality Health Index, the risk is anywhere between low and moderate.

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