Saskatoon firefighters battle flames at boarded-up house

An abandoned house on Avenue Q South was alit when firefighters arrived, shortly after 2 p.m. Brenden Purdy / Global News

The Saskatoon Fire Department extinguished the flames of a fire at a boarded-up house in Saskatoon’s Pleasant Hill neighbourhood on Sunday afternoon.

A dozen firefighters and two trucks were called to the 300 block of Avenue Q South just after 2 p.m.

Fire Battalion Chief Bill Riley told Global News the fire was “definitely suspicious,” citing the fact that the house was vacant and that the power and gas were not connected.

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There have been more than 30 suspicious fires in Saskatoon in recent weeks.

According to a statement, it took firefighters less than four minutes to arrive at the house, though Riley said the structure was already engulfed in flames.

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When the fire department arrived a bystander told Riley they saw someone in the house earlier in the day.

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Firefighters began to search the house but determined no one was inside.

No one was injured.

Riley put the cost of the damage at $50,000 and said the house would need to be demolished.

He said an investigation is underway.

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