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3 people trapped by fire in apartment building rescued by Saskatoon firefighters

Saskatoon firefighters had to rescue three people from an apartment building who were trapped by a fire caused by a pot left on a stove. Phillip Bollman / Global News

Three people had to be rescued by firefighters after they were trapped by a fire at an apartment building in Saskatoon.

The Saskatoon Fire Department was called to the fire at 115 Ave. O. S. just before 8:30 p.m. Sunday.

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Crews said they arrived to find a second floor apartment engulfed in flames and smoke filling the building.

They were also told several people were trapped in the building.

An aggressive attack was started on the fire, officials said, and crews started searching the building.

One person was found in a basement suite, and two people were rescued from a balcony. Four cats were also brought out of the building.

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Fire department officials said 21 people were displaced by the fire and one person received minor burns.

Saskatoon’s Emergency Measures Organization and the Red Cross have been helping with temporary housing while the building is closed.

“All of the units in the suite have been affected, particularly because of the rescue efforts on our part. We were breaching every suite door in order to search and evacuate,” Saskatoon Fire Department assistant chief Wayne Rodger said.

Investigators determined the fire was caused by a pot left on a stove.

Fire and smoke damage is estimated at $250,000.

-With files from Rebekah Lesko

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