© Carter Haydu
Fire crews respond to a fire call on the 1100 block of Hochelaga Street West on April 4, 2012.
Cmndr. Norm Hales told the Times-Herald firefighters arrived and found a hotspot near the ceiling along the wall separating the two portions of the duplex.
“We began to open that up and found fire between the two units,” he said, adding crews had to rip down some drywall and portions of the interior ceiling to attack the fire.
The fire department had three trucks and 10 firefighters on scene extinguishing the interior fire. Crews finally left the scene at about 2:30 p.m.
Hales said there were no injuries as a result of the fire and crews were able to get two pets out safely from the duplex. As of Wednesday afternoon, he said the fire inspector was still investigating the cause of the blaze and Hales didn’t expect there to be more information until later today.
Both Moose Jaw Police Service and Moose Jaw EMS were on scene during the incident, and the 1100 block of Hochelaga Street was blocked off to traffic as well.
Hales said the duplex is repairable, but there is approximately in $40,000 damages and none of the residents from either unit would be able to live in the building for a while.
"There's a lot of smoke damage," he said.
Local firefighters have been busy this week. On Monday, crews tackled a major fire that gutted an apartment building on the 100 block of First Avenue Northwest, right next to Mosaic Place.