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Massive Fire Engulfs P & H Milling Group Building in Saskatoon, Estimated Damages Exceed $5 Million

January 17, 2024
Saskatoon fire

SASKATOON, Canada — A colossal blaze erupted at the P & H Milling Group building in Saskatoon, sending shockwaves throughout the city. The Saskatoon Fire Department (SFD) has confirmed that the fire was unintentional, originating from a malfunctioning piece of machinery on the fourth floor. The flames rapidly spread to the sixth floor, propelled by the mill’s process piping, resulting in estimated damages exceeding $5 million.

Swift Response and Successful Evacuation

The fire was first reported at around 9:30 a.m., prompting an immediate and robust response from the SFD. Thirteen fire vehicles were dispatched to the scene, and by early afternoon, the fire was successfully contained, preventing further devastation and ensuring the safety of the surrounding areas. The building was swiftly evacuated, with Deputy Fire Chief Rob Hogan confirming in a news conference that all employees had been safely relocated to another building within the premises.

Damage Assessment and Investigation

While the fire has been contained, the aftermath is substantial. The total damage caused by the blaze is still under assessment, but initial estimates by the fire investigator suggest it will likely surpass $5 million. This incident at the flour mill stands out as one of the largest in recent memory, with its financial implications resonating throughout the industry.

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No Casualties Reported

Despite the enormity of the fire, the swift and efficient response from the SFD averted any potential harm to individuals. Remarkably, no injuries were reported in connection with the incident, underscoring the effectiveness of the evacuation procedures in place and the concerted efforts of the fire department. The ongoing investigation by the SFD aims to analyze the incident thoroughly and implement measures to prevent similar occurrences in the future.

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