Fire started in upstairs bedroom
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Moose Jaw firefighters stand outside a townhouse on Maple Street East which caught fire in an upstairs bedroom late Sunday afternoon. Times-Herald photo by Nathan Liewicki
By Nathan Liewicki
Moose Jaw fire and police crews responded to a call of a townhouse on fire in South Hill just before 5 p.m. on Sunday afternoon.
Emergency crews blocked off part of the Maple Street East block as they tried to get the fire under control.
Cory Chow lives in the townhouse beside the suite where the fire started. He was home at the time with his two children.
“I was on the balcony and I saw smoke in the reflection of the other place and some people nearby said the house next door was on fire. So I grabbed the kids and got out of the house,” said Chow.
Chow’s wife Nadine said she was on her way home from work when her husband called her about five minutes before 5 p.m. to let her know what was happening.
“I got the call saying my house was on fire,” said Nadine.
At approximately 6:15 p.m., the Chow family was allowed back into their residence. Fire crews, howeve, didn't leave the scene until after 8 p.m.
Fire Commander Dave Hill said Monday that firefighters managed to get the fire under control fairly quickly, keeping damage to a minimum. He confirmed that the fire started in one of the upstairs bedrooms and that damage in that bedroom was fairly extensive.
"It could be $10,000 to $15,000 in damage, I suppose," said Cmr. Hill.
An inspector was on scene Sunday evening, but as of Monday morning Cmdr. Hill still said the cause of the fire is still under investigation.
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