Vacant Saskatoon residence broken by blaze

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Charges are pending for a man found in the rear yard of a home damaged by fire in Saskatoon on Saturday.

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Saskatoon Fire Department said in a news release that crews were called to the 100 block of Avenue N South around 4:15 p.m. on Nov. 19 and found smoke coming from the second storey of a house. No one was found inside and the home was vacant and secured at the time of the fire.

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Fire crews discovered a man in the rear yard covered in soot but uninjured. He was turned over to Saskatoon Police, and charges would be laid, the department said in the release.

A fire investigator found that the fire was deliberately lit, with the blaze started by garbage ignited in the dining room. Damage was estimated at $50,000.

No further information was provided.

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