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Structure fire - 2001 St. Henry Avenue - Beekeeping operation present

For immediate release: July 31, 2019 - 11:53am
19-09128

At approximately 10:01 this morning, the Saskatoon Fire Department received multiple 911 calls reporting smoke coming from a garage in the 2000 block of St. Henry Avenue, not St. Charles Avenue as was previously reported. 

Three fire engines, one heavy rescue unit, one aerial ladder truck, and one battalion chief were immediately dispatched to the scene. Upon confirmation of a fully involved structure, one fire investigation unit was also dispatched for response.

Upon arrival, fire crews observed heavy smoke and flames coming from an address at 2001 St. Henry Avenue, with the possibility of exposure to overhead power lines. Utility technicians were called to the scene and the request was made for power to be shut off to the entire block. An immediate attack was initiated on the fire, with fire crews quickly identifying the possibility of a fire in the attic of the detached garage. The fire was brought under control in just over 20 minutes of the first fire engine arriving on scene. 

A battalion chief on scene was informed by the homeowner that there was beekeeping equipment and wax being stored in the garage. While extinguishing the fire, firefighters also observed significant bee activity in the area of the garage.

A fire investigator is working on scene to determine a cause and damage estimate.

There were no injuries to fire personnel or the public as a result of this incident. 

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Saskatoon Fire Department is responding to a reported garage fire on the 2000 block of St Charles Avenue.  Dispatched to the scene are 3 Engine Companies, a Ladder, a Rescue and a Battalion Chief. Callers report the garage is fully on fire and responding fire crews are spotting smoke from a distance.

Update to follow.