A fire in the Hampton Village neighbourhood of Saskatoon destroyed four homes and damaged several others on Saturday evening.
A single house with a basement apartment and a duplex on East Hampton Boulevard were engulfed in flame, and by the time the Saskatoon Fire Department arrived, the roof of the first house had already collapsed.
At one point the flames were approximately six metres higher than the remaining roof.
Firefighters were called to the two-alarm fire, which caused approximately one million dollars in damage, around 6:10 p.m. on Saturday, according to a statement.
Matt Fitzgerald was walking by and saw white smoke.
“My dad’s a firefighter, so I know white smoke’s alright and black smoke is bad,” he said.
Fitzgerald said the fire began on the bottom floor of the single house and burned up to the roof before spreading to the duplex next door.
Firefighters had 13 vehicles on scene and the department alerted all support officials in the city.
The siding on an adjacent house melted and the second roof collapsed at approximately 6:40 p.m.
By 7 p.m. the flames were extinguished.
A fire department confirmed everyone in the houses is accounted for and safe and said the fire is under investigation.
The Hampton Free Methodist Church, located nearby, is accepting donations for the families. The church pastors, Seth Freeman and Jessica Isaak, are asking for household goods, like pots and pans, and diapers and bottled water.
They’re also requesting clothes for an 18-month-old boy, a 10-year-old boy, a 14-year-old girl as well as three adult men and three adult women.
The church is accepting donations from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. on Sunday and ask that people use the side door. Donation hours after Sunday are still being determined.
The church is also accepting online donations.
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