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Another SaskPower meter goes up in flames
Published Friday, August 4, 2017 12:26PM CST
SaskPower says ground shifts are to blame for another meter fire in Regina.
The meter caught fire at a home on Carmichael Road in the city’s Uplands neighbourhood just after 7 a.m. Friday.
It’s the seventh meter fire reported in Regina since July 16. SaskPower says the fires have all been caused by shifting ground due to dry conditions.
Crews have been out inspecting homes in three specific neighbourhoods – Uplands, Normanview and Glencairn.
SaskPower estimates there are 9,000 homes that need to be inspected. In the past two weeks, 3,200 homes have been inspected.
The meter that caught fire Friday had not been inspected before it burst into flames. However, officials say they've now looked at all the homes in the area.
SaskPower is also encouraging homeowners to visually inspect their meters to check for any problems.
About 1,000 people have inspected their homes themselves. SaskPower says crews will respond within 72 hours.
SaskPower says such fires are usually very rare. The Crown-owned utility had previously only responded to two similar fires in the past decade.
Officials say there hasn't been any significant damage to any of the homes in any of the fires.