Explosion and fire rock Regina neighbourhood
Crews on scene since blast sparked huge fire early Wednesday morning
Fire crews are on the scene of a house fire near downtown Regina this morning.
An explosion awoke neighbours on the 2000 block of Halifax Street before 5 a.m. CST, according to a CBC reporter who lives in the area.
Flames engulfed the back of the house and shot at least 12 metres into the air.
Massive fire on Halifax, heard explosion at 4:50 am , RFS now on scene <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/skcbc?src=hash">#skcbc</a> <a href="http://t.co/6l79SSAgIh">pic.twitter.com/6l79SSAgIh</a>—@AdrianCheungCBC
Randy Ryba, Regina's fire marshal, confirmed there was a woman inside the house. She got out safely on her own and then received assistance from police and EMS.
Ryba said the blaze began in a motor vehicle home next to the house and spread to the rest of the building. The vehicle was completely involved in flames when firefighters arrived and the first photos from the scene show a huge plume of flames emanating from what appears to be that vehicle.
Ryba said the house is also a total loss.
He could not confirm the source of the explosion, but said the source was likely a propane tank or another kind of pressure valve.
A large quantity of scraps and various objects could be seen through the home's windows. Firefighters said that obstructed their ability to get inside the house.
They were forced to go on the defensive, spraying water only from the outside as a result.
At 6:30 a.m., more than an hour and a half after the fire was initially spotted, flames were still visible from hot spots near the attic.
Flames still visible from the inside, told firefighters have not been able to get inside <a href="https://twitter.com/CBCSask">@CBCSask</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/skcbc?src=hash">#skcbc</a> <a href="http://t.co/PJdastRkZJ">pic.twitter.com/PJdastRkZJ</a>—@AdrianCheungCBC