The Saskatoon Police Service and Saskatoon Fire and Protective Services are asking for public assistance in solving a number of fires in the City. Last night was the latest in a rash of fires which have taken place over the last few weeks on various nights, with sometimes two or three being started in one evening. They have occurred in the Meadowgreen, Pleasant Hill, and Mount Royal areas.
At approximately 11:30 p.m. last night Fire and Police responded to six different dumpster fires, all within a three block area between 20th and 22nd street west in Meadowgreen. Firefighters contained and extinguished the blazes and there were no injuries, however the Saskatoon Police Service reminds the public that this is criminal activity. Those found responsible for setting the fires will be charged under the Criminal Code. Each time a fire is started there is a threat it will spread to nearby structures and endanger public safety. Dumpster fires also require the response of emergency resources that may be required for emergencies elsewhere in the City.
Saskatoon Police and Saskatoon Fire and Protective Services will be working with community associations and schools in the area in an effort to bring an end to this activity. However, help from the public is also required. Anyone noticing suspicious activity or with information in regard to the dumpster fires is asked to call 975-8300 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.