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Cause determined for one of two fires at Saskatoon hotel construction site

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Massive fire at a construction site in Saskatoon
WATCH ABOVE: Saskatoon firefighters combat a massive fire on April 18, 2018, after two explosions reportedly happened on the top floor of the construction site – Apr 18, 2018

The cause of one of two fires at a hotel construction site this spring has been determined by Saskatoon Fire Department investigators.

On April 18, fire crews were called to the construction site on Lorne Avenue just before 6:30 a.m. CT. Massive flames, billowing smoke and even multiple explosions could be seen from the upper floors of the site. It took firefighters three hours to bring it under control.

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Officials say the cause of the fire remains undetermined due to lack of evidence of a heat source.

Firefighters were called back to the site less than a month later.

It is the second fire in just under a month at the construction site of the new Sandman Hotel in Saskatoon. Angie Mellen / Global News

The call came in around 9:30 p.m. reporting flames and embers on the northwest corner of the sixth floor. Crews stayed on scene for over 17 hours, and damage was estimated at $2,000.

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An investigation determined the fire was caused by grinding sparks which set fire to combustible construction materials on the site.

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Construction has resumed at the site. The project is unique to Saskatoon as it’s one of the first six-storey, wood framed buildings in the city.

The site is set to be a new Sandman Hotel.

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