Morn­ing traf­fic snarled by blaze

Saskatoon StarPhoenix - - CITY+REGION -

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.

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