“There’s a whole bunch of buildings surrounding it and thought it was the apartment building that’s across from the bank,” Deneve said.
“I didn’t really think anything of it, but then I looked outside again about two minutes later and I could just see flames coming out of the top of the roof.”
Gord Hewitt, Regina Fire and Protective Services’ deputy chief, said his team received the call shortly before 7 a.m. and arrived on scene about five minutes later.
“They managed to access the roof and what they found was actually a heating unit on top that was on fire,” Hewitt said.
“They managed to extinguish it with no fire expansion into the building.”
Hewitt said Regina fire sent four pumps, a ladder and a command unit to combat the blaze and had the fire under control in about 10 to 15 minutes.
“It was just shocking. I’ve never seen a building on fire before,” Deneve said.
Nobody was inside the building at the time of the fire, so no injuries were reported, Hewitt said. Fire investigators remain on scene.