Early Monday morning, fire crews responded to a house fire on the 1100 block of First Avenue Northeast.
© Times-Herald photo by Nathan Liewicki
One of the last shots from a portion of one of Moose Jaw's famed murals. Later in the day it and the remainder of the Jubilee Block was knocked down by an excavator.
Fortunately, the residents managed to escape injury before flames consumed much of the home. Two cats did, however, die in the blaze and a third feline suffered severe burns.
The Moose Jaw Police Service is asking anyone who may have seen anything in relation to the fire to contact them, as the fire remains under investigation.
Another fire, one that occurred 90 days ago and is beginning to resemble something of an eyesore, is also still under investigation.
Thursday will mark three months since the Jubilee Block fire lit up the city sky late in the evening on March 12.
A timeless mural and four businesses were destroyed, and a handful of others further east on High Street West also suffered an array of damage.
The origin of the blaze remains unknown, as does the estimated damage that left some residents without a place to call home.
When you walk by the wreckage that has been fenced in since that fiery night, the smell of smoke still permeates into your nostrils.
Another smell that might make its way into your nose, especially after the series of rain showers Moose Jaw has received over the past few weeks, is mould.
As much as the remnants of the destruction remain an eyesore, the potential health hazards are the bigger issue.
And while our city has attracted many blockbuster musical names in recent months, don’t you think that massive pile of garbage — right across from Mosaic Place — sends the wrong message to performers, as well as to fans who visit Moose Jaw?
Add to that the fact that the Festival of Words and Sidewalk Days are quickly approaching, and the possibility that the eyesore will still be there is a black eye for the city.
The cleanup of debris from the Jubilee Block blaze is long overdue.
At some point this month, it would be nice if the area no longer looked like an eyesore for residents and visitors alike.
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