There’s been another fire in Regina as a result of wires coming away from SaskPower meter boxes.
It’s the third such incident in the city caused by the current dry conditions that have led to so much ground shifting that it’s pulling on the cables attached to the meters.
Eight other homes near to the one impacted by the fire were found to have similar issues.
The issue is affecting homes built in the early 1970s, with small meter boxes and copper wiring.
Regina is of a particular concern because of its gumbo clay soil. The neighbourhoods of Glencairn, Normanview and Uplands are said to be the most affected. SaskPower said crews are out inspecting all homes.
While you are not advised to touch it, if you do think there is a concern at your home, you can take a look at your own meter box.
“If they see the power box tilting, wires pulling out from the bottom or a significant new gap between the house and the ground that is their cue to give us a call,” said SaskPower spokesperson Johnathon Tremblay.
SaskPower still has to address the issue of cost and whether customers will be on the hook for this issue.
So far there have been no other reported issues across the province.