Pinpointing cause of Saskatoon warehouse fire may take weeks
Canadian Tire has not told fire investigators what was inside its building
Smoke began pouring out of the Canadian Tire warehouse Friday afternoon. It took firefighters 19 hours to get the flames under control.
"It must have been going for a while because when the crews got there and they opened the doors, I just heard the term 'blast furnace'," said assistant fire chief Bill Coffin.
Warehouse contents unclear
Burning oil and tires were among a variety of substances fuelling the fire, sending what fire crews described as "toxic smoke" into the air. At one point an oxygen tank exploded.
Officials at Canadian Tire have not yet shared details with fire investigators about other items stored in the warehouse. There is no word on how much damage the fire caused.
Hot spots continue to flare
"The crews have had to go back and do spot fires a couple times a day, once or twice at night," said Coffin.
"We're trying to get a backhoe in or something in there so we can start moving some of this material and really get into the deep seat of the hot spots."
Coffin said the challenge is to do that without destroying evidence fire investigators need.