Firefighters with the Moose Jaw and District Fire Department continue to battle a fire that destroyed a multi-unit apartment on Athabasca Street West.
The fire department responded to a call at 1:30 a.m. on Feb. 23 about a building on fire at 277 Athabasca Street West. Upon arrival, firefighters found the home engulfed in flames and immediately began to spray water on it.
They eventually brought the fire under control and are now putting out remaining hot spots. Once all hot spots are out, the department will investigate the cause of the fire.
"We've been cycling guys in and out ... (because) we're dealing with extreme weather here," said Fire Chief Rod Montgomery. "But so far everything is working well (and) our pumps are still operating fine in the extreme cold."
Montgomery was unsure how long it would take to fully extinguish the site considering there were still pockets in the building that were smouldering. He noted that the building "has been extremely compromised" so firefighters are in a defensive mode.
The fire chief added that he could neither confirm nor deny whether anyone was missing but would know more once firefighters went inside.
The fire department is asking residents to avoid the 200 and 300 blocks of Hochelaga and Athabasca Street West as firefighters continue to work to extinguish the fire.
The Moose Jaw Express will have more information once it becomes available.