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Stay off the river; fire crews warn of winter thaw dangers

As old man winter’s icy grip begins to give way to the spring melt, the Saskatoon Fire Department is reminding people to stay off the river ice.

While fire crews say people should never walk in the ice, the warmer weather means more people will be out enjoying a stroll along the banks.

“In Saskatoon, on the river, the ice is never safe so we just continue to say stay off the ice,” battalion chief David Nahachewsky said.

Picking up the pieces after fire destroys Moose Jaw building

A devastating fire on Wednesday has left a scar in downtown Moose Jaw with piles of rubble in place of a historic building, but those who lived and had businesses in the Jubilee Block said they lost so much more.

Jason Saxby lived in one of the apartments above the street-level stores. He went out for coffee on Wednesday night and came home after 10 p.m. to the sound of sirens and the smell of smoke. At the time he almost laughed at the thought that it could be his place until he got a call from his girlfriend, who said she was being evacuated from the building.

Saskatoon firefighters reach into past with new name

From now on, people can refer to firefighters collectively as the Saskatoon Fire Department.

Update: Vehicle fire at Saskatoon hospital

The Saskatoon Fire Department was called to the scene of a vehicle fire at the Royal University Hospital Thursday.

Fundraiser already started for businesses lost in Moose Jaw fire

After her parents watched the nursing uniform business they had built over the last five years burn down on Wednesday night, all Morgan Gabel wanted to do was help.

“They had to just sit there for four hours and just watch it burn, which was pretty devastating,” she said. “To watch a business that you’ve built for the last five years crumble to the ground is definitely a hard thing.”

UPDATE: Fire destroys 4 businesses in downtown Moose Jaw

Piles of brick and ash lay on High St. Thursday after four businesses and several upstairs apartments were turned to rubble after a devastating fire.

The historic Jubilee Block in Moose Jaw went up in flames after fire broke out in Kergano's Restaurant just after 10 p.m. Wednesday night.

“There was heavy smoke showing at the time," said Deputy Fire Chief Brian Wilson. "Crews did make entry into the building to try and search the building and found heavy heat conditions inside the structure."

SK NDP calls for more federal money to fight fires on First Nations

The provincial NDP is hoping to push the federal government to do more to prevent house fires on reserves.

Four children have died in fires in First Nation communities in the last six months, launching a public debate on how to improve fire prevention and increase the number of volunteer fire fighters on reserves.

“When you hear stories of two children dying and the fire truck not being able to start and go provide some help, that is not acceptable,” said Opposition NDP Leader Cam Broten.

Unattended candles, inoperative fire alarms blamed for house fire

Unattended candles and inoperative smoke detectors are being blamed for an early Sunday morning house fire that's left a Saskatoon family homeless.

Fire crews arrived at the house on the corner of 7th Street and Clarence Avenue around 4:45 a.m. to find light smoke seeping from the side and back of the three-bedroom bungalow.

The fire in the back bedroom was under control within 10 minutes and completely out within half an hour.

Mother of girl who died in fire calls daughter 'leader'

The mother of a young girl who lost her life in a fire on the Witchekan Lake First Nation is opening up.

Lorena McAdam described her daughter Iesha Rabbitskin as a girl who was enthusiastic about school, especially math and Cree class.

PHOTOS: Regina crews hold fiery fuel tanker training exercise

With more oil being shipped in and out of Saskatchewan than ever before concern about potential accidents is growing as well. That's part of the reason why Regina's Fire and Protective Services opened a hazardous materials training exercise to the media Thursday.

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