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As the weather warms, the Saskatoon Fire Department receives more calls

As the weather warmer, the Saskatoon Fire Department gets more calls.

Key Takeaways:

  • According to the Saskatoon Fire Department, accidental and suspicious fire reports have increased by more than 10% this year.
  • According to the fire service, the fire was sparked by barbeque briquettes that had not been adequately extinguished.

According to the Saskatoon Fire Department, reports for accidental and suspicious fires have increased by more than 10% this year.

“We continue to see an increase in calls year after year,” said Deputy Fire Chief Rob Hogan.

Firefighters were busy putting out a flame at a residence in the 200 block of Kirkpatrick Crescent on Friday morning.

The fire began outside and swiftly spread inside the building.

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According to the fire service, the fire was sparked by barbeque briquettes that had not been properly extinguished.

There were no injuries recorded. The cost of the damage is expected to be $320,000.

It’s the most recent in a succession of fires that firefighters have had to put out in recent weeks.

“June has been a hectic month for me. This occurs; we have busy and slow months, and that’s how things are,” Hogan explained.

Hogan wants the public to take care to help limit the frequency of accidental fires.

“Be careful with your barbeque, smoker, or anything like that, especially your cigarette butts.” He said, “We need you to extinguish them properly.”

Accidental fires aren’t the only thing keeping crews busy.

As the weather warmer, the Saskatoon Fire Department gets more calls.
As the weather warmer, the Saskatoon Fire Department gets more calls. Image from YouTube

According to Hogan, the fire department has seen an increase in arsons recently.

“There’s a lot more bustle and more people loitering around now that the winter is over.” Unfortunately, some people have nefarious motives and take advantage of the pleasant weather,” he stated.

The Saskatoon Police Service (SPS) also stated that an uptick in fires is not uncommon at this time of year.

“Environmental and/or societal variables frequently impact this. Furthermore, we frequently see fires in several neighborhoods, with a variety of property, and with a variety of ignition sources,” SPS stated in a statement.

It goes on to say that not all suspicious fires are caused by arson since some are inexplicable or subsequently discovered to be unintentional.

According to Hogan, people can make efforts to reduce their chance of being a target of arson.

“You know, couches, garbage containers that are full, things like that that are easy targets if you leave them unattended.” He called it an “opportunity crime.”

Source: CTV News

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