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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."

Valley Ford dealership pushes through hardship

Despite their former dealership being reduced to a pile of ashes, workers at the Valley Ford dealership in Hague remain open for business.

As of last Monday, the team of around 25 people are helping customers out of portable trailers.

General Manager Kevin Adams said the dealership was under renovation at the time of the blaze and sales and adminsitration employees were already working in trailers.

Grassfire in Swift Current forces gas service shut off

The gas was shut off to eight homes as fire crews in Swift Current battled a grass fire on the city’s northwest edge.

The fire occurred along 11th Avenue Northwest which was in a residential area. SaskEnergy shut off power to about eight houses as the blaze raged.

By about 5:30 p.m., the fire had been put out and gas services returned to those homes.

According to some reports, some fences were damaged.

Update: Investigators find child responsible for three garage fires

Saskatoon Police have identified the youth responsible for setting two fires yesterday at two locations.

The seven-year-old boy will not be charged due to his age, however he will be required to enroll in the Firestop program with Saskatoon Fire and Protective Services.

Fortunately no one was injured during either incident.

Just before 6 p.m. on Tuesday Saskatoon Fire and Protective Services responded to the 300 block of Avenue K North after reports about a garage fire.

VIDEO: Police looking for public's help after arson caught on video

An early morning garage fire in Saskatoon on Tuesday has been ruled an arson after surveillance footage at the home caught the act in progress.

Just before 3 a.m. fire crews were called to a garage on the 1000 block of Avenue K South. The fire was quickly extinguished with an estimate of $2,000 in damage.

Union charges safety at risk as Sask. fire towers dismantled

The government employee's union and the province have been butting heads ever since the end of manned fire towers in the province was announced.

Now, the Saskatchewan Government Employee’s Union (SGEU) is saying northerners are at risk as fire hazards rise.

The government forged ahead with the plan to dismantle the fire towers and have now taken down 12 of the cupolas.

“We thought we had the government listening but obviously it doesn’t look like it. They just pretended they were listening and all of a sudden they rolled right in again,” said President Bob Bymoen.

Investigators looking into what caused a warehouse fire

Saskatoon Fire investigators are busy this morning trying to figure out what started an expensive fire in the city's north end.

Jackson's Sandblasting and Paint on 50th street caught fire at around 1 a.m. this morning. Someone called it in after they noticed smoke in the area.

Battalion Chief Morgan Hackl said crews initially tried attacking the flames from the inside of the building, but they quickly realized they needed to back off.

Regina fire crews battle blaze without firehydrants

There was added complications for Regina firefighters at a house fire on the 1900 block of Grant Drive Friday evening.

At about 8:45 p.m.crews rushed to the scene but were unable to use any fire hydrants as the service has been down for maintenance all summer.

But fire crews were prepared.

“We have the ability to drop a bladder onto the ground and dump all the water into that, and then go and draft water from nearby hydrants that are active and deal with the fire that way,” said Deputy Chief Gerard Kay.

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