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Prince Albert, Sask., police confirm house explosion death a homicide

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Prince Albert police have confirmed a death at the scene of a house fire and explosion on Saturday afternoon is now being investigated as a homicide.

Police officials have identified the victim as 29-year-old Jeremy Starblanket of Ahtahkakoop Cree Nation.

On Saturday, residents on the 500 block of 5th Street East were evacuated from their homes as fire crews worked to put out the fire.

The Prince Albert Fire Department said a natural gas pipe that had a leak was allowed to burn for several hours until SaskEnergy was available to shut off the line.

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Police are asking anyone with information or video surveillance footage from the area on Saturday between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. to contact them at either 306-953-4248 or 306-953-4222, or the confidential Crime Stoppers tip line at 1-800-222-8477.


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Masks down the toilet lead to sewer blockages, costs Prince Albert at least $1K in cleanup


Masks down the toilet lead to sewer blockages, costs Prince Albert at least $1K in cleanup




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