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House fire fills Riversdale block with smoke

Police in Saskatoon had to close off a Riversdale neighbourhood street this afternoon after a house fire filled the area with dense smoke.

Cause of fire unknown, damage estimated to be about $200K

When the front door was opened, a dog escaped from the house. No one was home when the fire broke out. (Dan Zakreski/CBC)

Police in Saskatoon had to close off a Riversdale neighbourhood street this afternoon after a house fire filled the area with dense smoke.

The fire happened at about noon on the 600 block of Avenue H S.

Fire crews on one side of the house used a fan to clear away smoke, while crews on the other side broke windows and popped off security bars with chainsaws.

(Dan Zakreski/CBC)

When the front door was opened, a dog escaped from the house. No one was home when the fire broke out.

The cause of the fire is still unknown, but damage is estimated to be about $200,000.