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KIA dealership escapes fire with minor damage

The rain gave fire crews a hand fighting a blaze Wednesday at the KIA Motors dealership in the Stonebridge neighbourhood.

The Saskatoon Fire Department received a call at 10:13 a.m. about a tire fire at the dealership on Brand Road.

The fire was located behind the dealership in a fenced off area.

The fire scorched the back of the building, but fire crews were able stop it from spreading to the interior of the building.

Garbage can fire causes evacuation at University of Regina

A little bit of fire and smoke caused a large disruption for some University of Regina students on Thursday.

Around 3:30 p.m. dozens of students were in the Education Building to write final exams when the fire alarm went off.

“I was on the last question of my final and just about to finish when the fire alarm goes off,” said Bill Edwards who was writing a Film exam. “I was on the last question—I wanted to get done.”

News Talk Radio wins five RTDNA awards

News Talk Radio was honoured this weekend by our peers at the Radio Television Digital News Association's annual awards.

The ceremony, which took place in Winnipeg Saturday, saw News Talk Radio handed five Prairie Region awards: Breaking News Coverage, Best Information Program, Best Newscast, On-Going Coverage, and Short Feature.

Fire crews battle early morning blaze

No one was home when the Saskatoon Fire Department responded to an early morning house fire Saturday morning.

Fire crews got a call at 4:37 a.m. about smoke coming from a home at 117 Ave S North.

Three fire trucks and an aerial ladder crew found heavy smoke and fire coming from the front door when they arrived on scene within four minutes.

Interior efforts to fight the fire were switched to outside when the roof became unstable and crews had the fire under control in 39 minutes.

Fire crews battle blaze in Saskatoon

Saskatoon fire crews say improper disposal of smoking materials is to blame for a fire that sent a Nutana area home up in flames Thursday afternoon.

Fire crews received a call to 705 Eastlake Avenue just after noon.

"The caller was a passerby who noticed heavy smoke. At that time the caller also banged on the door and warned the two occupants of the home to get out, along with their pet cats," said Assistant Fire Chief Morgan Hackl.

Rural fire departments struggle to recruit new volunteers

When you dial 911 in a rural community to report a fire or a crash, chances are the fire truck is staffed by volunteers, but getting people to take on that job is becoming a struggle in some places.

Doug Lapchuck is the President of the Saskatchewan Volunteer Firefighters Association. He says the challenge to recruit new volunteer firefighters varies for different communities.

“There are some that are excelling and there are some that are having issues,” he said. “Across the board we’ve got really good situations and really bad.”

Pair of fires keep Saskatoon fire crews busy

A pair of fires kept Saskatoon fire crews busy Wednesday morning. 

The first happened on Avenue W at around 2:50 a.m. when a garage went up in flames.

It was fully engulfed when crews got there. It will cost about $25,000 in damage.

About five minutes later, another call came in from the city’s Haultain neighbourhood involving a two-storey house on Lansdowne Avenue.

The smoke detectors went off and everyone got out safely. The damage is pegged at around $75,000.

Investigators are trying to figure out how both the fires started.

Cause of Regina hotel construction fire determined

Investigators have determined what caused the fire at the hotel that was still under construction in the north end of Regina over the weekend.

Randy Ryba, Fire Marshal, said a piece of equipment that connects the propane to the heating system malfunctioned but doesn't know why.

"We will have some experts disassemble and try and find out what caused it's failure," he said.

Regina hotel fire: Edmonton builder sees months of work go up in smoke

An Edmonton building company is waiting to know what the extent of the damage is to a hotel project that burned down in Regina Saturday.

Crews had been working since last fall, getting concrete formations poured and steel frames in at the building on Pasqua Street North, close to the northern edge of the city. They had even completed framing the first two floors of what would have been a four-storey Comfort Inn.

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