Saskatoon

Failed fan source of $500k Saskatoon industrial fire

Fire investigators say a broken fan started a blaze that caused tense moments for fire fighters and $500,00 damage to a business.

Flames perilously close to oil storage tanks

Investigators say they know how a fire on Avenue M started. (Dan Zakreski/CBC)

Investigators say a broken fan that overheated is the cause of a fire at Micro Oil inc. on Avenue M South on Tuesday night.

It caused $500,000 in damage and created some tense moments for fire fighters.

Three giant oil tanks tower over the back of the business. They were close to the flames.

Bill Riley with the fire department said crews arrived to find flames coming out of the back of the business. The tanks were not directly exposed to the flames, but they were close.

Fire fighters hosed down the tanks to keep them cool, while crews went into the building to get the fire under control.

The oil tanks are built with relatively thick walls to protect the flammable contents.

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