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Cause of Saskatoon house fire deemed electrical failure

Saskatoon firefighters extinguished a blaze inside a house in the 100 block of Poplar Crescent on Wednesday. Phil Bollman / Global News

Relief crews were deployed to deal with a Saskatoon house fire in the Nutana neighbourhood on Wednesday.

The Saskatoon Fire Department said it received a call from an occupant saying the home was filling with smoke and they were evacuating at roughly 6:15 a.m.

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Upon making entry into the house in the 100 block of Poplar Crescent, firefighters said they encountered light smoke.

The blaze was found under a stairwell that spread into the ceiling space between the first and second floor, according to a press release.

Officials said utilities were shut down for safety.

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A fire investigator concluded the cause to be an electrical failure, originating in the wall space adjacent to the stairwell.

The department estimate damage to be $300,000.

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