Spontaneous combustion explanation for parkade fireplace in Saskatoon condo: investigator – Saskatoon
A spontaneous burn from improperly stored chemicals is the cause of a fire at the Lakewood Urban Center in Saskatoon on Tuesday, according to a fire investigator.
Members of the Saskatoon Fire Department (SFD) were called to an apartment building on Pawlychenko Lane at around 3:10 am and saw smoke rising from the upper door of the parking garage.
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“The evacuation by vehicles and (apartment) tenants was already in progress,” said an SFD statement on June 22nd.
When the sprinkler system was activated, the firefighters said they had pushed a hose line and quickly brought the fire under control around 3:30 a.m.
“Smoke was reported on all three levels of the apartment building. The fire department started ventilating the building to reduce smoke and carbon monoxide, ”the statement said.
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“Tenants were allowed to return to their suites at 5am as soon as the smoke was cleared and the carbon monoxide level was reduced to 1 (parts per million).”
The investigator searched the parkade and confirmed that spontaneous combustion had occurred in a storage cabinet due to improperly stored chemicals, which Hazmat technicians then secured.
According to SFD, the damage is estimated at $ 25,000 and there were no injuries.
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