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UPDATE: Three-home fire in Saskatoon deemed arson

Arson investigators from the Saskatoon Fire Department and Saskatoon Police Service have determined that a three-home fire Tuesday morning was set deliberately.

The blaze started at the corner of 22nd Street and Avenue O South. A home was completely engulfed in flames when crews arrived just before 2 a.m. Tuesday morning.

PHOTOS: Regina fire crews respond to 2 early-morning fires

Regina fire crews dealt with a pair of blazes in the city's North Central neighbourhood early Monday morning.

The first was reported around 3 a.m. in the basement of a home at 916 Athol St. Nobody was inside at the time but next door neighbours had to be evacuated because of smoke. By 6 a.m. they were able to return to their homes.

Saskatoon hazmat team responds to noxious odour

A Saskatoon apartment building was evacuated Sunday after residents complained that their eyes and throats were burning.

This was at around 12:30 p.m. at 1425 Embassy Drive, not far from the Holiday Park golf course.

The Saskatoon fire department sent in crews with breathing apparatus to evacuate the people who were still inside. The hazmat team was also sent in to investigate while positive pressure fans were deployed to blow out the building.

Prud'homme fire costs SaskEnergy $500,000

Approximately $2 million dollars worth of natural gas was burned during a week-long inferno at the Transgas storage facility near Prud'homme this month.

PHOTOS: Regina fire investigating 2 suspicious fires

Two fires, reported minutes apart and blocks away from each other, have been called suspicious by Regina fire investigators.

The first was reported at 1243 Rae Street in the North Central neighbourhood at 2:05 a.m. Monday. Fire crews arrived to find a detached garage engulfed in flames. The garage was destroyed, but not before damaging two vehicles, a nearby neighbouring garage, and the vinyl siding on a house. According to Deputy Fire Chief Gerard Kay, the flames were so intense they seriously damaged a power pole, which then had to be shut off.

Smart meter review finds rainwater sparked fires

Reports into Saskatchewan’s now-suspended smart meter program says customer safety wasn’t a high enough priority.

Van with chemical barrels catches fire in Saskatoon

The Saskatoon Fire Department hazmat team was nearly called into action Saturday morning after a Cube Van caught fire.

The fire broke out around 9:30 a.m. at 806C 43rd Street East just off Circle Drive and Millar Avenue.

The van contained six barrels of Isocyanate, a non-explosive but toxic chemical used in making foam insulation.

The hazmat team was put on standby, but fire crews managed to put out the blaze in seven minutes without any of the Isocyanate catching fire.

PHOTOS: Explosion at Louis Dreyfus plant in Yorkton

A grain processing building exploded at the Louis Dreyfus canola crushing plant on the west side of Yorkton Friday morning.

It happened around 8:30 a.m.

Yorkton Mayor Bob Maloney told News Talk Radio the fire is out and all employees are accounted for. Only one person reportedly had a minor injury.

Maloney says it was most likely a grain dust explosion. 

Margo Grey is working just a few blocks away from that area.

“There was a loud boom and the building shook,” she said.

PHOTOS: 1,000 chicks killed in Swift Current barn fire

A chicken barn fire at the Swift Current Hutterite Colony killed about 1,000 chicks Tuesday night.

RCMP were called around 9 p.m. Mounties say the barn burnt quickly and was completely destroyed. Fire crews managed to prevent the fire from spreading any further.

The cause of the fire isn't known but it is not considered suspicious.

UPDATE: Prud'homme gas fire evacuees return home

An investigation into what caused a natural gas explosion near Prud'homme is underway after evacuees returned home over the weekend.
Dave Burdeniuk, spokesperson for SaskEnergy, said they are still figuring out how much the fire will cost.
“We do have insurance that covers the cost of gas and storage and the above ground facilities,” he said. “There was flames shooting out of there at about the hundred-foot level, so we know that there still is a fair bit of gas in there.”

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