3 pets missing in house fire south of Saskatoon

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Three family pets are missing and presumed dead after a house fire south of Saskatoon.

The Saskatoon Fire Department said a call came in at 5:19 a.m. Monday reporting a fire at 5371 Strathcona Ave. in Corman Park.

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Dispatchers were told everyone inside the home had escaped, but a dog and two cats were trapped inside.

Firefighter said heavy smoke and flame was coming from the home when they arrived.

A defensive attack was started to control and prevent the fire from spreading, fire officials said, and a collapse zone was established around a half-full tank of diesel.

Water tankers were used to shuttle water to the fire scene.

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Additional crews were brought in so firefighters could rotate out due to extremely cold conditions and monitor for hot spots.

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Fire officials said arrangements have been made with a local animal care facility to find temporary shelter for another dog that was able to escape.

The Saskatoon Fire Department said it will not release a fire cause or damage estimate as the incident is outside its jurisdiction.