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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.

Fireworks start fire at Rider game

Rider fans went to Mosiac Stadium hoping to see some fire in their team Friday night, instead they saw a real fire start close to the field.
Shortly after kickoff at 8:00 p.m. a pyrotechnics box on top of the Maxtron overheated and caught on fire.
The large screen was turned off for a short time as the blaze was quickly put out by city facility operators.
The game between the Roughriders and the Calgary Stampeders was not delayed and the Maxtron was not damaged.

PHOTOS: New Aerial Platform extends Regina fire rescue abilities

Whether it’s a high or low spot, Regina Fire & Protective Services has a new tool that will make rescuing somebody in danger easier.

The department showcased its $1.37 million Aerial Platform on one of its fire trucks Friday morning. The contraption can be described as an arm, resembling an extending ladder, with a bucket on the end.

Deputy Fire Chief Gerard Kay said the arm can reach seven feet longer than previous versions. The total reach is 102 feet which could come in handy for rescues from tall buildings.

Boxes on stove cause fire at seniors' apartment

Some ill-placed moving boxes were the source of a fire at a senior's apartment building in the Meadow Green neighbourhood Wednesday afternoon.

Fire crews were called to McAskill Manor at 2315 20th Street West at 1:34 p.m. after fire alarms started ringing at the apartment complex.

When crews arrived, they discovered smoke in the fourth floor hallway and a kitchen fire in one of the suites.

People try to save belongings in Regina house fire

A few people managed to escape a house fire in Regina not once, but twice Tuesday morning.

Regina Fire and Protective Services was called out at 9:30 a.m. to a fire in the basement of a home on Robinson Street just north of Mosaic Stadium. Three people were inside the home at the time. The fire department says the people managed to get out safely but went back inside to save some of their things before escaping once again.

A clutter of things in the house made fighting the fire difficult but after some maneuvering, crews managed to get it out.

PHOTOS: Corner Gas 'Foo Mar T' burns down in Rouleau

The building Corner Gas fans would recognize as the ‘Foo Mart’ in Dog River was completely destroyed by a fire Sunday night in Rouleau.

Rouleau's Spalding Orthopedic Design Inc. engulfed in flames, Sept 27 2014. Photo courtesy Greg Bamford, @drofmadb on twitter,

Photo courtesy Greg Bamford, @drofmab on twitter

Barbecue lighter sparks Moose Jaw house fire

A kid playing with a barbecue lighter sparked a fire that significantly damaged a Moose Jaw home Tuesday morning.

The Moose Jaw Fire Department was called around 8:30 a.m. Smoke could be seen in the sky on the south side of the city as crews battled the blaze on Lillooet Street West.

"The fire was contained to the outside of the house," said Commander Dave Hill. "It did a lot of damage to the rear of the house and the deck but there was very limited damage to the interior of the home."

PHOTOS: Investigators probe Regina vehicle/garage fire

Regina Fire and Protective Services continue their investigation into a fire that destroyed a van Sunday morning.

Shortly after 7:15 a.m., fire crews were called out to a home on the 2200 block of Wallace Street in the Core-Ritchie neighbourhood. A van was destroyed after it became fully engulfed in flames. The fire spread to a nearby garage and was eventually put out.

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