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UPDATE: Unknown substance - 1715 Idylwyld Drive North

For immediate release: September 18, 2019 - 11:56am

The Saskatoon Fire Department and Emergency Management Organization have concluded on scene of an unknown substance behind 1715 Idylwyld Drive North.

Test results of the substance found have confirmed it to be non-hazardous.

The civilian who had been directly exposed to the substance was assessed on scene by firefighter-paramedics before being transported to the hospital by ambulance as a precautionary measure. The individual was in stable condition and was not experiencing any signs or symptoms of a hazardous exposure.

There were no injuries or exposures to fire department personnel or emergency management officials as a result of this incident, nor was there any environmental impact as a result of the substance or testing processes.

The Saskatoon Fire Department wishes to thank members of the public for following the direction of the Saskatoon Police Service on scene, allowing crews to work safely.

There will be no further updates provided in relation to this incident.


At approximately 8:32 this morning, the Saskatoon Fire Department was alerted to an unknown substance located behind 1715 Idylwyld Drive North.

The Saskatoon Fire Department and Emergency Management Organization have responded accordingly with the following units committed to this incident: one fire engine, one haz-mat unit, one decontamination unit, one mobile command unit, and one battalion chief.

Haz-mat crews are working to identify the origin of the substance through a variety of testing processes. 

Currently, one civilian has been directly exposed to the substance; however, the condition of that individual is unconfirmed at this time.

There is no indication of any risk to members of the public who have not been directly exposed to the substance.

This incident is ongoing and an update will be provided as additional details become known.