Moose Jaw firefighters are continuing to pour water on a house fire underway at the corner of Athabasca Street West and 3rd Avenue North West.

The Moose Jaw Police Service was also called to the fire, which started around 1:30 am Thursday morning.

"We're going to be on scene for a while still but we're hoping within the next few hours to have it under control to the point where we can get investigators in to start an investigation process," said Deputy Fire Chief Mike Russell. "There's some hidden compartments in small areas. There's lots of little voids where we're still chasing smoke and a little bit of flames."

He adds they're still trying to determine if everyone got out of the three-storey multi-unit apartment safely.

"We're not sure of that yet. That will be something that will have to be determined once we get in and start investigating. We do know that some of the occupants are accounted for. We're not 100 per cent sure."

The frigid temperatures have complicated matters for fire crews. Russell notes they have a bus on location acting as a warming shelter for firefighters.

"Once we stop flowing [water], we could have issues trying to get some of our stuff that might be frozen to the ground. We just ask that nobody goes near that area. City crews did go and open a few of the storm sewers so that some of our water was back running off instead of freezing and creating havoc."

The cause of the fire remains unknown at this point.




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