The improper disposal of smoking material is being blamed for a fire in Saskatoon on Tuesday evening that caused $750,000 damage to two homes and left a family pet dead.
Firefighters said they arrived to find two homes on fire and flames threatening two more homes, and called for additional crews to be sent to help fight the blaze.
The majority of the fire was brought under control within 30 minutes, the fire department said in a release.
A search confirmed no one was inside either home, fire officials said, but a dog found in one home did not survive.
The improper disposal of smoking material in a planter caused the fire to start on the rear deck of one house and spread to a neighbouring home, a fire investigator said.