Saskatoon

Saskatoon maintenance garage fire causes more than $1M damage

A fire at a maintenance garage in Saskatoon's Kelsey Woodlawn neighbourhood caused more than $1 million in damages.

Eight semi-tractor units were in the building at time of the blaze

A maintenance garage in Saskatoon Sunday caused more than $1 million in damages. (Twitter/@GreyCupBount)

A fire at a maintenance garage in Saskatoon's Kelsey Woodlawn neighbourhood caused more than $1 million in damages.

Saskatoon police and the fire department were called to the scene of the fire on the 1900 block of Saskatchewan Avenue at about 1 p.m. CST.

The block is home to several industrial businesses, located behind the Days Inn Hotel on Idylwyld Drive.

The Saskatoon Fire Department said the fire happened in a maintenance garage.

Investigators said the fire originated in the engine compartment of a semi-tractor parked in the south side of the building.

At the time of the fire there were eight semi-tractor units in the building. 

The fire was intense enough that flames broke through the roof of the building, forcing crews to battle the blaze from outside and sending dark smoke over the city Sunday afternoon.

Fire crews remained on scene searching for hot spots until 11:30 p.m. CST and were called back just before 8 a.m. CST Monday after smoke was seen coming from the remains of the building.

Police say no one was injured in the fire, which was contained to one building.

Fire investigators are returning to the scene Monday to determine the exact cause. 

On Sunday Police also warned of a possible reduction of air quality in the area due to the heavy smoke moving northeast across the city from the location of the fire.

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