REGINA — A home in east Regina was gutted following a fire that started in the garage early Tuesday morning.
“I’m just estimating it as a total loss without question. I’m not an insurance adjuster, but my best guesstimate is probably between, with the car and contents, $700,000 and $800,000, I’m guessing,” said Randy Ryba, fire marshal for Regina Fire and Protective Services.
The owner of the home, located on the 2800 Block of Sunninghill Crescent, called 911 at 3:26 a.m. He was able to escape without injury.
Crews arrived and tackled flames that shot up an estimated 20 feet in the air.
The fire, which caused minimal damage to a neighbouring home, was under control within about an hour. Firefighters used thermal imaging tools to make sure the fire was over. Crews left around 7 a.m.
The fire is not being treated as suspicious, and the official cause should be determined within a week.
Smoke alarms are not required in garages, and there wasn’t one in the home’s garage.
“Fires that originate in garages are difficult. I can just caution people to keep their garages as tidy as possible,” said Ryba.