Saskatchewan

Fast-paced blaze rips through Regina store

Fire tore through a store in Regina's south end Friday, forcing customers and staff to flee.

Fire tore through a store in Regina's south end Friday, forcing customers and staff to flee the smoke and flames.

At about 7:30 p.m., Darren Tanner was shopping at Dollarama on Albert Street when he noticed smoke coming from one of the aisles.

"We were just coming in and it smelled like incense, but there was a lot of smoke," said Tanner. "I turned and went down that aisle, and there was smoke and flames, so I ran back to the counter to let the cashier know there was a fire."

Tanner said he called 911 while he and the 20 others in the store were evacuating the building.

"I told the cashier that there was a fire and she came running to check and she told everybody to get out and on the way out the door, that's when I called the fire department."

Tanner said flames were shooting through the roof of the store just minutes after he initially spotted it.

There were no injuries reported in the incident.

Other nearby businesses suffered minor smoke damage, but fire crews were able to quickly contain the blaze.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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