One person died in hospital as a result of a garage fire Friday night on the 4400 block of 7th Avenue in Regina. Leader-Post TROY FLEECE / Regina Leader-Post
A man died from severe burns after his garage went up in flames while he was working in it Friday evening.
After receiving reports of an explosion and garage fire, emergency crews were sent to the 4400 block of 7th Avenue around 8:40 p.m. Friday, according to a Regina Fire and Protective Services news release.
The detached garage was fully engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived on the scene. Crews quickly located an injured man, believed to be in his mid-20s, with “very severe burns,” Fire Marshall Randy Ryba told reporters Saturday afternoon.
Firefighters worked to help the victim until EMS arrived and he was transported to hospital in critical condition, where he succumbed to his injuries late Saturday morning, Ryba said.
The Regina Fire Department responded to reports of an explosion and detached garage fire at around 8:40 p.m.
The man’s wife was in the house at the time of the fire and firefighters were able to safely evacuate her. Ryba said she believed her husband was “tinkering” in the garage at the time of the fire.
The smell of smoke still lingered on scene late Saturday afternoon. The garage roof was completely collapsed and the burned-out shell of a vehicle was visible in the rubble.
A neighbour said she heard an explosion and noticed the flames when she ran outside to see what made the sound. One firetruck quickly arrived on scene and three others followed, she said. The neighbour believed the victim was a mechanic and had been in the garage working on a car at the time of the explosion. She saw EMS load him onto a stretcher and take him to the hospital.
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Ryba said a second explosion happened as crews battled the blaze, caused by a nitrous oxide tank in the garage. The blast knocked over a firefighter and knocked the helmet off of a second firefighter. It also sent shrapnel from the tank flying, some of which hit the fire truck and left a dent.
“Luckily our firefighters were not injured. It just goes to show the perils of garage fires. You never know what’s inside,” said Ryba.
Firefighters were on scene until around 1 a.m. and security was at the scene throughout the night as the scene was deemed unstable.
“One was knocked to the ground. The other one, it actually knocked his helmet right off of his head. Large piece of shrapnel coming off this nitrous oxide bottles.”
“We continue to assess the scene for safety and we will continue with this investigation until it’s concluded probably sometime (Sunday),” said Ryba.
The victim in Friday night’s deadly garage fire near Lewvan Drive and Seventh Avenue was described by the Regina Fire Department as the “mechanic type.”
The garage is a “total loss,” but the house on the property and the house across the alley sustained only minor damage from heat radiation.
The fire department brought heavy equipment to remove any “danger areas” to prevent parts of the structure from collapsing on investigators.
Multiple fire investigators were on scene and the investigation is ongoing. Ryba said although the cause of the fire is unknown, it does not appear to be suspicious at this time.
According to a news release from the fire department, the man who was in his mid-20s, was found laying in the alley when crews arrived.
REGINA — A man is dead after an explosion and fire at a garage in the 4400 block of 7 Ave. on Friday night, according to the Regina Fire Department.
Fire crews arrived on the scene after multiple 911 calls around 10:40 p.m., and found a substantial fire in the detached garage of the home. An injured man was found lying in the alley.
The man in his mid-twenties was taken to hospital in critical condition. He died from his injuries on Saturday morning. Regina Fire Marshall Randy Ryba described the mans injuries as very severe burns.
This is the first one weve had in about a year and a half, said Ryba. But its a very sad day for our citizens and his family for sure.
While crews battled the blaze, a major explosion occurred, sending debris flying. Two crew members and a fire truck were hit by the debris, but neither were significantly injured.
The garage saw the majority of the damage, but the home and another residence across the back alley saw some minor damage.
Ryba said the garage is a total loss and a vehicle was also completely destroyed in the blaze.
A fire investigator was on scene on Friday night, but the investigation into the cause of the fire is ongoing, and it expected to wrap up Sunday.
A man is dead after an explosion and fire at a home in the 4400 block of 7 Ave. on Friday night, according to the Regina Fire Department.