Morning traffic snarled by blaze
City police asked motorists to find an alternative route on their way to work Friday morning after a fire at a “boarded-up” house shut down traffic on parts of Eighth Street East.
There were no injuries reported as a result of the blaze, which is estimated to have caused $250,000 in damages. A news release from the Saskatoon Fire Department said calls for the fire came in at 5 a.m.
Five crews dispatched to the fire found a two-storey house with a large amount of smoke and flames coming from the back of the house.
An exterior attack was started on the fire as it was determined the house was unstable. The fire was quickly brought under control and crews remained on scene to extinguish hot spots and to conclude their search of the structure.
A fire investigator was called to the scene and traffic restrictions at Eighth Street East and Eastlake were in place during the morning.
The Saskatoon Fire Department estimates damages at $250,000 after a fire broke out ataboardedup home in the 500 block of Eighth Street East on Friday morning.