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CN confirms spilled tankers in Sask. derailment were older models

CN Rail has confirmed the two tankers that leaked and sparked a fire during the derailment near Clair were the older models.

On Tuesday, 26 of a train's 100 cars derailed including six carrying dangerous goods. Two cars carrying petroleum distillates leaked, causing the fire which forced the temporary evacuation of the town of Clair.
 

Sask. communities continue call for rail-content information

Municipalities across Saskatchewan are keeping a close eye on the fallout of the fiery train derailment near Clair Tuesday.

Cities and small communities alike are questioning what can be done to increase safety or even let the public know about what materials are being shipped near their own homes.

Regina car-lot fire could have been arson

Fire investigators believe a fire at a car lot in Regina early Wednesday morning was deliberately set.

Regina Fire & Protective Services were called to the storage lot just before 3 a.m. on Winnipeg Street near Mount Pleasant Park. Crews found a fire spreading from a car to a semi trailer.

"We opened the back door (of the car). It was packed full of milk crates, rags, other combustible materials," recounted Fire Marshall Randy Ryba.

How would Mosaic Stadium be evacuated?

Although the damage was minimal, a small fire behind one of the scoreboards at Mosiac Stadium last Friday begs the question of what plans are in place in the event of an emergency.

Regina Fire and Protective Services, along with other local emergency services, are always on call during a CFL game or any other major event. Regina Fire Marshall Randy Ryba admits, though, evacuating more than 33,000 from the stadium would be a challenge.

Fire marshall: firework debris sparked Rider game fire

Hot debris from the bottom of a firework was the spark that caused a fire behind the MaxTron at Mosaic Stadium before the Saskatchewan Roughrider game last Friday.

Regina Fire and Protective Services says the debris flew into another casing of the pyrotechnics box, igniting some styrofoam.

The problem was that the case was open at the time.

Update: Witnesses recall moments after a 26-car train derailment near Clair

A Canadian National Railway train derailment on Highway 5 between Wadena and Watson closed the highway and evacuated a nearby town Tuesday.

At 10:39 a.m., Wadena RCMP were called to a derailment about one kilometer east of Clair, Sask., about 21 kilometers west of Wadena. Witnesses near the scene of the derailment report hearing a loud explosion followed by massive billows of black smoke rising from the crash site. Shortly after the crash the community of Clair was evacuated.

One caller into News Talk said flames were at least 100 feet high.

Update: Cause of early-morning fire unknown, says Saskatoon Fire Dept.

Saskatoon Fire crews said they haven't been able to find out what caused an early morning fire in Lawson Heights.

A house at 355 Coppermine Crescent went up in flames at around 3 a.m. Tuesday morning.

Everyone got out safely but the house was completely destroyed.

Grenfell fire chief wants SaskPower to pay for blaze at power pole

When an emergency happens in rural areas, it’s often local volunteer fire departments that arrive first on the scene. Those trips cost money and one rural department wants SaskPower to pay up for a blaze that appeared to start at a power line.

Grenfell Fire Chief Dwayne Stone says his volunteers were called out to a grass fire May 23. When they arrived, a power pole was on fire and the fire was beginning to encroach on a nearby farmer’s field.

Fire Prevention Week launches in Regina

A fire damages or destroys a home every second day in Regina.

To help minimize that number, Regina Fire & Protective Services is marking Oct. 5-11 as Fire Prevention Week in order to educate the public.

“It’s all about keeping them aware of how to be safe with fire, how to use fire in their homes safely, how to avoid catastrophes in their community,” said Fire Chief Ernie Polsom.

PHOTOS: Fire destroys two homes in Glen Harbour

Two homes in a resort community an hour north of Regina have been reduced to ash and char after big fire.

Firefighters were called to Glen Harbour along the east side of Last Mountain Lake around 6 p.m. Friday night after the first home caught fire.

Bernie Juneau lives nearby and got a knock on her door for help. The community is a fair drive from the Strasbourg Fire Department so they started fighting the fire themselves.

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