Police say a fire that tore through a former Saskatoon nightclub caused $2 million in damage.
The Saskatoon Fire Department called the blaze "a major building fire" and as of 6 a.m. CST, at least eight fire vehicles were on the scene on 33rd Street battling the blaze. Heavy smoke covered the area.
It appears the fire started early Tuesday morning. The first 911 call was made at 5:20 a.m.
Wayne Rodger, assistant fire chief, said the first crews inside the building retreated and called for help.
"Part of that investigation determined that there was a lot more to this than first realized at the initial calls so subsequently there were three more fire apparatus that were sent out to assist," he said.
"Obviously there's a fair amount of concern when we have fire above us, there's always a potential for a collapse."
Alberta Avenue was shut down to traffic, as was 33rd Street between Idylwyld Drive and Alberta Avenue. The northbound lane of Idylwyld Drive and 33rd Street N. was restricted to one lane.
The public is requested to avoid the area completely.
The building was last known as The Matriarch Nightclub and Event Centre but had previously been known as Ryly's Nightclub.
There's no word yet on what might have caused the fire.
Due to information provided by the Saskatoon Police Service, this story previously stated the fire was being investigated as arson. In fact, the cause of the fire has not been determined to be arson; it is as of yet unknown.Dec 12, 2017 4:31 PM CT