RCMP have released information about a deadly house fire that happened over the weekend.
Officers from the Pelican Narrows detachment were called to a house fire on the morning of Jan. 18.
The owner of the home was able to get out of the burning building along with three other people. At the time, police were told that two boys, aged 10 and 9 years old were missing and that they had last been seen inside the house.
Investigators at the scene of the explosion of the Co-op refinery in Regina expect to get to the centre of the blast site within a few days but they have encountered yet another safety issue.
Crews are now working to clear up the latest hazard which is stopping them from accessing the reactor. Regina Fire Marshal Randy Ryba said it's not safe yet because of asbestos.
"The asbestos contamination on the over-pressure explosion ejected two complete floors of protective, fireproofing cement board that was laced back in the (1960's) with asbestos."
An early morning fire that destroyed a townhouse unit in Regina’s Gladmer Park last week did in fact start at the stove.
"We have determined, conclusively, a burner on the stove was operating at the time of the fire," said Fire Marshal Randy Ryba.
Regina Fire Investigators have confirmed reports that the fire that destroyed a townhouse began when a stovetop element ignited something nearby. The blaze spread quickly through the kitchen cupboards and eventually into the rafters of the building where it spread to the other three townhouse units in the building.
Investigators are now on the scene at the Co-op refinery complex, searching for what brought the ignition and the fuel together in an explosion that could be felt across Regina on Christmas Eve.
"My investigators have been able to access the physical scene," said fire marshal Randy Ryba. "When I say the physical scene, it's the entire footprint of the damage area including some surrounding areas."
A family in Cochin—a town lying half an hour east of Battleford—is getting some help as they put their lives back together after a fire destroyed everything they have just before Christmas.
The Caron family is currently living in a temporary home but has to move out at the end of the month.
And that’s where family friend Lisa Whitford comes in.
She’s started a benefit fund for the Caron’s and is asking for people to donate cash and other items.
After a Thursday morning fire gutted a townhouse in Gladmer Park, the people who lived there are left picking up the pieces.
Imagine waking up to huge orange flames flicking at the walls while all of your belongings burn up in a fiery inferno. For many, it’s their worst nightmare. But that became a reality for Kaitlyn Williamson and three other families on Thursday morning when a fire broke out in their building in Regina’s Gladmer Park.
Following a townhouse fire in Regina’s Gladmer Park Thursday morning, the Salvation Army has asked for prospective donors to give them a little bit of time before they start collecting household items for those affected.
Four families had their homes ripped apart by the inferno and were left without a permanent home. Major Doug Binner with the Salvation Army said donors began calling in immediately wondering what type of items the families might need. But he said it’s too early to tell.
Early next week, investigators will be able to physically enter the blast site after an explosion shook the Co-Op Refinery complex on Christmas Eve.
"The weather has delayed structural engineers from finishing their analysis on the safety and stability of the structure," said fire marshal Randy Ryba, "with that said, they're going to work through the weekend to finish their work. I expect to be on the physical-damage scene by Monday, next Tuesday at the latest."
A townhouse in Regina’s Gladmer Park off Broad Street now stands in charred ruins after a fire ravaged the building for several hours early Thursday morning.
It was a shock for Kaitlyn Williamson when she woke up to the smell of smoke in her building.
“I woke up, I saw orange, I looked out both windows I saw flames and ran,” she said.
All four units in the building were evacuated safely and the fire department reported no serious injuries.
Fire investigators are getting their first look at the site of an explosion at the Co-Op Refinery Complex but the full cause may not be clear for many months.
The blast happened Tuesday, shaking much of the city in the process. Regina's deputy fire chief and the refinery itself stated that evening that they suspected it may have originated in a liquefied petroleum gas processor.