Estevan Fire and Rescue was up bright and early Tuesday morning attending a call, which occurred at around 5:30 AM.
"We were called out to a commercial occupancy fire alarm. Once crews arrived on scene, they made entry. There was no signs of smoke or flames visible from the exterior or the interior of the building," related Fire Chief Dale Feser.
"Using thermal imaging technology, the guys went in and could not find any signs or cause for the alarm. The fire alarm panel was reset, and it held, so indicating that it was probably a faulty detection device that was the culprit."
The aforementioned thermal imaging was also applied on Sunday, as the power outage resulted in a call for fire services.
"It looks like there was an overhead powerline that had arced out, suffered a little bit of a fire to SaskPower's equipment, and caused a surge to one of the occupancies in the vicinity. Crews arrived on scene and they were able to assess and use the technology to find out where the hot spots were, ensure that the power was isolated to the building," Feser said, adding that SaskPower was able to conduct repairs once the scene was made safe.
In the light of the recent rash of severe weather that seems to have made southeast Saskatchewan a target, he also to remind folks of the importance of keeping their eyes on the sky.
"Saskatchewan's little Tornado Alley has move eastward. Last year it seemed like it was right around the Moose Jaw, Assiniboia, Regina area, and it seems like this year we're kind of right in the middle of it's path. We just want to make sure that the people are fully aware of what could possibly happen out there in the event of severe weather, whether it's just high winds, plough winds or tornadic activity."
"Please make sure that you are listening to any weather statements that are being issued. As well, in the event that you do see a tornado or something touch down, you want to make sure that you're protecting yourself. During an event like that, you're going to want to find a safe place in your home, typically below grade or downstairs in the basement. Close to an exterior wall, no windows. In the event of lightning, you want to find yourself indoors," Feser added.
He also advised people to download the SaskAlert app, and avoid travelling around in high rain situations.