No injuries in Caribou Street house fire

Lisa Goudy
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No one was home when a fire broke out in the basement at a house on Caribou Street West on Tuesday afternoon.

Members of the Moose Jaw Fire Department and Moose Jaw Police Service arrived on the scene of the home at the corner of Caribou Street West and 10th Avenue Northwest shortly after 1 p.m. after a passerby saw smoke coming out of a window.

“No one was home at the time of the fire. So no one was hurt or injured, which is the big plus for us. Now we’ll just work through the investigation and see what we can determine,” said Brian Wilson, deputy fire chief. “At this point we’re not suspecting anything suspicious, but it’s pretty early into the investigation.”

He said the investigation could take a while. The High Street fire, for instance, was two months ago and the final cause has yet to be determined.

Friday’s fire was restricted to the room where it broke out.

“We know that it was a fire. We know that it was in the basement. I don’t have damage estimates. I don’t have a cause or origin at this point. That’s pieces of information we’re hoping to get,” said Wilson.

SaskPower crews came on scene just before 2 p.m. to cut the power to help the investigation.

“There’s a lot of smoke damage but I don’t think a lot of structure. I haven’t been to the basement myself,” said Const. Jason Mercer. “The oxygen levels, they’re not that great right now.”

Investigations are ongoing.

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Organizations: Caribou Street house, Moose Jaw Fire Department, Moose Jaw Police Service

Geographic location: Caribou Street West, 10th Avenue Northwest, High Street

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