Damage estimated at over $1M in Saskatoon industrial fire

Thick black smoke and flames could be seen coming from the industrial garage in Saskatoon on Sunday. Brady Ratzlaff/ Global News

Damage is estimated at over $1 million after a fire at a maintenance garage Sunday.

Saskatoon Fire Department officials said crews were called to the 1900 block of Saskatchewan Avenue just before 1 p.m. for reports of smoke.

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Firefighters arrived to find thick black smoke coming from the roof of the building and they made their way into the building to investigate the cause.

The incident commander ordered firefighters out of the building when the fire broke through the roof, fire officials said.

Firefighters remained at the scene until 11:30 p.m., searching for hot spots.

They were called back Monday just before 8 a.m. when smoke was spotted coming from the remnants of the building.

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No injuries were reported and fire officials said there was no one in the building.

Fire officials said there were eight semi-tractor units in the building.

Investigators believe the fire started in the engine compartment of a semi-tractor parked inside the south side of the building. They are continuing their investigation on Monday to determine the exact cause.

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