Cause, origin of Vaughan Street house fire unknown

Nathan Liewicki
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Moose Jaw firefighters stand outside a home that was on fire in the 700 block of Vaughan Street on Monday afternoon. Although the cause and origin of the fire are still under investigation, there were no occupants home at the time.

Brad Wilson was talkin on his cell phone when he saw looked across the street and saw flames.

"I was just outside to grab some tools and I saw the living room's blinds were on fire," he told the Times-Herald about 20 minutes after alerting the Moose Jaw Fire Department to the Monday afternoon blaze.

"I ran across the street, pounded on the door and started yelling to see if anyone was inside. I asked the dispatcher if I should kick down the door, but they said I should wait until fire crews arrived."

Wilson then went around to the back door and did the same thing.

Three fire trucks, a couple of police cruisers and EMS personnel were on the scene of the fire on the 700 block of Vaughan Street just before 3 p.m.

Brian Wilson, deputy fire chief, stated that there were no occupants inside the home at the time of the blaze. He also noted that the cause and origin of the fire are still under investigation.

Damage to the home also remains unknown at this time.

Brad noted that he saw some kids at the home about two-and-a-half hours before he spotted the flames, but he's grateful that nobody was home as flames rose and smoke poured out of the small heating vent above the living room window.

"It gets your heart pumping when you see something like this, and so long as nobody is hurt," he said. "Things can be replaced, but people can't."

Nathan Liewicki can be reached at 306-691-1256 or follow him on Twitter @liewicks.


Organizations: Moose Jaw Fire Department, Moose Jaw Police Service

Geographic location: Vaughan Street, Moose Jaw

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