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Saskatoon fire dept. deal with 2 arsons in 12 hours; damage estimated at over $200K

The Saskatoon Fire Department said the fire, across from City Hospital, was intentionally set.
The Saskatoon Fire Department said the fire, across from City Hospital, was intentionally set. File / Global News

The Saskatoon Fire Department responded to two deliberately set fires in 12 hours on Saturday that caused more than $200,000 in damage.

A monitoring company alerted firefighters of an active alarm in a building in the 500 block of Queen Street, across from City Hospital, shortly after 8 p.m.

The fire department initially sent one fire crew, which called for backup after they arrived and saw smoke emanating from a second-floor window, according to a press release.

Read more: Deliberate fire causes $150K in damages to Saskatoon house: fire department

Firefighters managed to control the blaze by about 9 p.m. and found no one inside.

An investigator determined the fire was intentionally started, and that it began on the main floor. Damage from that fire was estimated at about $60,000.

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It’s the second arson firefighters extinguished about 12 hours.

Just before 8 a.m. on Saturday the fire department was responding to a fire at a boarded-up house on Ave G S that an investigator also determined to be deliberately set. That fire caused $150,000 in damage.