Arson suspected in early morning Saskatoon fire

Saskatoon firefighters think is arson is behind one of two fires in a 12 hour span..

Saskatoon firefighters called to two homes

The house burned, the contents didn't. (CBC)

Arson is suspected in an early morning fire at 330 Avenue J South that caused an estimated $100,000 in damage.

Investigators discovered evidence at the scene that suggests the fire was set on purpose. The rental property was unoccupied when the call came in just before 2:20 a.m. CST. The previous tenant's belongings were piled — unburned — at the back of the yard.

When firefighters arrived, they found the back of the house was fully engulfed in flame. Firefighters with breathing masks made their way into the home and determined there was no one there.

At first crews thought the fire was put out quickly. Thermal cameras, however, showed the fire had moved into the walls and the attic of the home. It took some additional time and work to put the fire out.

Workers were still this morning, boarding over windows and doors.

It was the second house fire in 12 hours in the city.

The first was Sunday evening. Firefighters were called to a home at 1308 Osler Street around 8:30 p.m.

When crews arrived they found heavy smoke coming from the front of the home. People living there had already left the home by the time that firefighters arrived. Regardless, firefighters made a quick entry and search of the home. They confirmed that no one was left inside. At the same, firefighters were able to extinguish the blaze.

No one was hurt, and the initial investigation suggests the fire was a related to cooking. The fire caused about $40,000 damage to the home.