Saskatoon fire crews fight garage fire, blaze at vacant house on west side

Saskatoon fire crews battled a pair of fires described as suspicious in frigid conditions overnight.

Officials say garage fire on Avenue C N., fire at vacant house on 26th Street are both considered suspicious

A garage fire on the 1600 block of Avenue C N. in Saskatoon caused significant damage to the exterior of the building. (Submitted by Ryan Fletcher)

Saskatoon fire crews battled a pair of fires described as suspicious in frigid conditions overnight.

Battalion Chief Rob Hogan said they were first called to a garage fire in the 1600 block of Avenue C N. around 2 a.m. Saturday.

An hour later, while fire crews were mopping up the first fire, they got a call that a house in the 200 block of 26th Street W. was ablaze.

When crews arrived, they could see smoke and flames coming from the rear of the house, which was boarded up and appeared to be vacant.

"We'd been there previously for a number of incidents," Hogan said. "So we didn't go into the house to fight the fire. We just fought it from the outside. We did a bunch of work cutting parts of the roof off to get the fire."

Saskatoon fire crews battled a house fire on the 200 block of 26th Street W. (Submitted by Ryan Fletcher)

He said there was significant damage to the interior and the roof.

"We cut off pretty much one half of the roof structure."

No one was hurt in either blaze and both are still under investigation.

Hogan said with temperatures hitting –30 C, they had to rotate staff.

"We brought in five or six relief crews and rotated crews out as quick as we could because of the cold."

Hogan said there is still a fair amount of water on Avenue B between 26th and 25th streets, and fire officials are asking people to stay away until city crews can clean up the area.