Teen charged following house fire in east Saskatoon

A 17-year-old is facing charges in relation to a house fire Tuesday in east Saskatoon.
A 17-year-old is in custody and charges are pending following a fire that started in the basement of an east Saskatoon bungalow. (Madeline Kotzer/CBC)

A 17-year-old is facing charges in relation to a house fire in east Saskatoon.

Emergency crews were dispatched to a bungalow on the 700 block of Arlington Avenue around 5 p.m. CST Tuesday.

The first fire crews to arrive encountered heavy smoke coming from the house.

They entered the home to try and get to the source of the fire but the first crews had to retreat due to intense heat and smoke.

A renewed attempt was made and fire crews were able to get the fire, which was in the basement, under control in about 35 minutes.

Everyone who was inside was able to get out safely.

Police said their investigation led them to suspect a 17-year-old, who was arrested and taken to hospital for treatment of a medical need not connected to the fire.

On Wednesday, police said the youth had been charged with breaking and entering and arson.

Police said the damage to the building was extensive and five people have lost their home.

Second, unrelated fire, keeps crews busy

Saskatoon's fire crews were kept busy when another, unrelated, fire was reported even as they were dealing with the Arlington Street fire. The second fire took crews to a home on Kenderdine Road in Erindale.

In that case, firefighters found heavy smoke coming from the back of the house. The source of the fire appeared to be the attic and roof. Crews entered the home, pulled down a ceiling and put out the fire from the inside.

No one was home at the time and the cause of that fire was under investigation.