Update: Two 13-year-olds in Saskatoon are now facing arson charges. They are set to appear in court Nov. 8.
There were three suspicious fires last night in Saskatoon’s Sutherland neighbourhood.
Two of the fires were at homes that are under construction. The first was called in at about 6 p.m. Tuesday, to the 100 block of 109th Street West and caused about $20,000 damage. The second blaze was at 7 a.m. today, only a few blocks away at the 300 block of 111th Street West. There is no damage estimate for that home yet.
A Saskatoon church that was set on fire this summer will be saved after three companies submitted bids Tuesday to repair the Munroe Avenue building.
The August blaze at Faith Baptist Church caused around $500,000 worth of damage, but the bids range from $470,000 to $880,000.
Pastor Steve Fish said the insurance company will likely choose a bid by next week, and that repairs should take about seven and a half months.
The congregation has been meeting at the Saskatoon Christian School off Highway 16.
Fire fighters pulled her out of a smoke-filled building, but it was too late to save her, an early-morning house fire has claimed the life of a woman in Moose Jaw.
When Moose Jaw fire fighters, EMS and police arrived at the scene at 4:50 a.m. on Monday morning, they found smoke billowing out of the windows of a house on the 200 block of River Street East.
“Fire fighters made an entrance into the house and moments later removed an unconscious female from the residence,” explained Sgt. Cliff Froehlich with Moose Jaw Police.
There is a big mess to clean up Friday morning at Warman’s Thomas the Cook restaurant.
Crews were called to the eatery just before midnight Thursday night after a fire started inside.
Smoke damage is extensive. Next door, the Warman Hotel had to be evacuated. No one was hurt.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.
Potash Corp is releasing information about what they believe caused an underground fire at the Rocanville mine.
No one was hurt when fire broke out in the early hours of Sept. 25, but it was 18 hours before the miners could safely return to the surface.
A wooden cable spool heated up as it was dragged about 16 kilometres from the mine entrance.
One person was taken to hospital for smoke inhalation after an early morning house fire in Regina.
It happened just after 3:30 a.m. in the 1500 block of Montague Street, near the Fieldhouse facility.
The smell of smoke still lingers in the air hours after fire crews left the scene. The house is a write off. And was so engulfed in flames by the time crews arrived the blaze reached the roof and rafters of a neighbouring house.
Deputy Fire Chief Gerard Kay believed there were two occupants of the home at the time.
About 20 people were recognized with a Royal Canadian Humane Association Bravery Award Monday at Government House in Regina. Lieutenant Governor Vaughn Solomon Schofield presented the awards to people who, through their alertness, skill and concern, saved or attempt to save a life.
The stories of the people awarded for their bravery are overwhelming, from one man who helped an elderly woman out of her burning home, to two men who pulled a badly-burned man from a vehicle while it was still on fire.
School is out Thursday for about 200 elementary school students at Saskatoon's Pleasant Hill Community School after a fire in the school's kitchen.
The fire on Wednesday night didn't cause much damage, but it did create a lot of smoke.
"It occurred in the kitchen, which is located in the basement of the school. It is believed that there was a pot that was left on the stove and heated up and caused quite a bit of smoke in the school," said Veronica Baker, manager of communications and marketing with Saskatoon Public Schools.
The Regina Fire Department was called to a home on Oxford Street at 10:02 a.m. when neighbours saw smoke coming from inside the house.
A mattress had caught fire in the basement.
"Crews quickly got the fire under control and ventilated the house," explained deputy chief Gerard Kay, "We expect significant damage in the basement itself, both from fire and smoke."
The owners of the home weren't home at the time, but their family pet was. Kay said, unfortunately, the cat died in the fire.