Fire on zero block High Street West

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Published on March 13, 2014

Cst. Jeremy Anderson watches Moose Jaw firefighters battle a blaze on the zero block of High Street West Wednesday night.

Published on March 13, 2014

Smoke billowed along High Street West from the blaze.

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A Moose Jaw firefighter looks upward at the blaze as it billows from the rooftop of a business on High Street West.

Published on March 13, 2014

Chris Aamundsen (right), owner of Vintage Vibe, watches as the fire engulfs his business on High Street West Wednesday night.

Published on March 13, 2014

The blaze is seen here from the rear of the buildings lining High Street West.

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The blaze extends far into the night sky above the businesses on the zero block of Moose Jaw's High Street West.

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The fire appears to have begun in the building housing Kergano's on the zero block of High Street West. Here, the blaze is pictured shortly after its onset.

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The blaze consumed the entirety of the Kerganos building on the zero block of High Street West.

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Pictured here, the fire continued to spread west from the Kergano's building into Vintage Vibe and Scrubs.

Published on March 13, 2014

Firefighters battled the blaze from every angle as it raged on along the zero block of High Street West into Thursday morning.

Published on March 13, 2014

Seen here, a firefighter is engulfed in smoke as he continues to battle a spreading blaze with his fire hose on the zero block of High Street West early Thursday morning.

There are no suspected injuries in a fire that consumed several businesses on the zero block of High Street West.

"From the information we've received, the building was clear," said Acting Sergeant Trish Seman with the Moose Jaw Police Service. "Everyone was out and taken care of."

Seman told the Times-Herald the Moose Jaw Fire Department had shut off power and gas to the building.

Several businesses appeared to suffer total losses in the fire, including Kergano's, Vintage Vibe, Sooter Studio and Scrubs. The apartments above the businesses also went up in flames.

The fire is believed to have stopped at Sooter Studio, according to Deputy Fire Chief Brian Wilson with the Moose Jaw Fire Department.

The department first responded to the blaze at around 10:15 p.m. Wednesday, he said.

Firefighters managed to get the blaze under control at around 3:25 a.m.

The age of the building and structural concerns arising from the fire was preventing firefighters from more aggressively battling the blaze due to safety issues, added Wilson.

He said he could only speculate as to the cause of the blaze.

Seman said she had no estimation on how long it would take to extinguish the blaze or the cost of the damages.

"Unfortunately, I can't say for sure," she said. "I'll be honest with you, though: it's going to be a long night."

While businesses were affected by the fire, at least 14 residents living above the aforementioned businesses have been aided by the Salvation Army. 

It's possible some of those residents may have lost everything in the fire.

WATCH: The Times-Herald's Mike Weber shot over two hours of high-definition video of the blaze. Click here to watch it on the Times-Herald's Facebook page.

Click here to read the updated story.

With files from Times-Herald reporters Justin Crann, Matthew Gourlie and Nathan Liewicki.

Organizations: Moose Jaw Police Service, Times-Herald, Moose Jaw Fire Department

Geographic location: High Street West

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