Improper disposal of smoking material cause of $400K Saskatoon house fire

Officials say a house fire in Saskatoon was caused by the improper disposal of smoking material. Brice Perkins / Global News

Saskatoon Fire Department officials say a house fire Sunday afternoon was caused by the improper disposal of smoking material.

Crews were called to 701-315 Zary Rd. in the Evergreen neighbourhood at around 12:45 p.m. CT for a report of a possible house fire.

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They arrived to find heavy smoke and flames coming from the rear of the condo.

A transitional attack was started while rescue crews searched the home.

Three people had evacuated prior to firefighters arriving. No one was home in the adjacent condo.

It took crews 37 minutes to bring the blaze under control.

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No injuries were reported and damage is pegged at $400,000.

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A fire investigator deemed the cause to be accidental in nature caused by smoking materials.

Fire officials say the disposal of smoking materials into planters containing peat moss is extremely hazardous as peat moss is very flammable.

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