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Expecting mother hospitalized following Saskatoon motel fire

Saskatoon firefighters battled a blaze in a multi-unit motel complex in the 2500 block of 22nd Street West on Monday. Devon Latchuk / Global News

Extensive damage has been done to a motel on Saskatoon’s west side after a fire broke out on Monday.

The blaze in the 2500 block of 22nd Street West was reported to the Saskatoon Fire Department at roughly 12:20 p.m.

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Two motel rooms on the second floor of the complex were engulfed in flames upon firefighters’ arrival. The fire department said crews initiated an immediate exterior attack to soften the blaze prior to beginning searches of each room.

Six occupants were assisted off a balcony by way of ladders as well as an occupant who was rescued from a first-floor room directly below the fire, according to a press release.

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The fire department said a pregnant woman safely self-evacuated the room of origin. She was medically assessed on scene and later taken to hospital for treatment of what are believed to be minor injuries sustained because of the fire, officials said.

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Firefighters have concluded their work at the scene while a fire investigator continues to analyze evidence and statements in attempting to determine the cause.

The structure has been labelled “uninhabitable,” according to the fire department.

Damage is estimated at roughly $400,000.

The Saskatoon Police Service has lifted traffic restrictions on Witney Avenue, south of 22nd Street.

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