FORT QU’APPELLE, Sask. – A state of emergency has been declared on a Saskatchewan First Nation after a fire that extensively damaged the community’s water treatment plant.
The fire happened Monday night on the Carry the Kettle Nakoda Nation, about 80 kilometres east of Regina.
Residents noticed smoke billowing from the plant and an online photo shows large flames and heavy smoke billowing from the structure as crews fought to control the blaze.
Families who live near the treatment plant were asked to immediately leave their homes and stay in the local hall because of the water supply disruption.
There were also concerns about potentially toxic smoke.
Councillor Shawn Spencer says the plant provides water to every home in the community, but officials are unsure about the number of houses affected.
Fire crews from Wolseley were still on the scene early Tuesday morning, along with the RCMP and other emergency personnel.