Saskatoon

DAG-Wood fire in Osler, Sask., a total loss, fire chief says

A fire in Osler, Sask., levelled the DAG-Wood Products Ltd., about 30 kilometres north of Saskatoon.

Damage estimated at $1 million

Osler firefighters responded to a structure fire at the DAG-Wood Products Ltd., on Sunday. The building was a total loss. (@WarmanFire/Twitter)

A fire on the weekend at a business in Osler, Sask., is considered a total loss.

On Sunday around 6 a.m. CST, firefighters called to the DAG-Wood Products Ltd. building in Osler, about 30 kilometres north of Saskatoon.

Fire Chief Jason Pauls said crews arrived to find smoke billowing from the eavestroughs of the building.

Crews started an offensive attack on the blaze until they encountered a slight complication with the building's steel roof.

"The roof collapsed as we were getting into our attack, and various spots of the roof were still intact, but some of the other spots were not," Pauls said. "There were some challenges with the steel roof coming down, having to remove parts of the steel roof to actually get to some of the hot spots of the fire."

The steel roof collapsing at the DAG-Wood Products Ltd. made it challenging for firefighters to tackle the building fire on Sunday. (@WarmanFire/Twitter)

With the help of a ladder truck and another engine from the Warman Fire Department, Pauls said crews managed to get the fire under control several hours later at around 3 p.m.

Pauls said firefighters came back throughout the night to extinguish some lingering hot spots.

Considering the business specializes in woodworking, the materials inside the building only added fuel to the growing fire. Luckily, the business was closed on Sunday and no one was inside when the fire broke out.

A fire investigator attended the scene on Monday and the cause of the fire is unknown.

The cause of Sunday's fire at the DAG-Wood Product Ltd. is unknown according to a fire investigator. (@WarmanFire/Twitter)

Pauls pegs the damage at $1 million, adding the economic impact will actually be much greater as it will affect families in town who were employed at DAG-Wood.

"The economic spinoff from the employees and the implications it has for the town, it's tremendous. It's a big loss for our community."

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