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The Saskatoon Fire Department said in a news release that the department received multiple 911 calls around 3 p.m. May 13 about smoke coming from a house in the 200 block of H Avenue South.
Four people inside at the time of the fire had evacuated before the teams arrived. One of them was taken to the ambulance service for smoke inhalation. As a precaution, the houses on both sides were evacuated.
Entry into the home’s basement was made by firefighters at 3:10 p.m., but firefighters encountered no visibility with heavy smoke and high heat, the department said.
Shortly after, fire crews left the basement and the suppression tool – an aerosol system that interrupts the chemical chain reaction of fire by suppressing flames and reducing heat – was placed in the basement through a window.
The tool needs three to four minutes to operate, the department said, and water or ventilation is not required. Firefighters then continued to fight the blaze from outside, and the fire was brought under control around 4:30 p.m.
The cause of the fire is under investigation. The department said the damage was estimated at $50,000 and it was a result of there being no smoke alarms found in the home.
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