Firefighters called to fire, collision south of Martensville

Martnesville firefighters battle a grassfire adjacent to Highway 12 on Tuesday, May 14

Martensville firefighters were called to the same location at Highway 12 and Township Road 382 (Lutheran Road) twice in a matter of hours on Tuesday, May 14.

The first call was for a grassfire on the west side of the highway shortly before 1:00 p.m.

The fire likely started as a result of a spark from a short circuit in a power pole transformer. The fire started in the ditch area and spread to a small pasture with an abundance of dry grass.

Fortunately the winds at the time were very light. There were acreages on both sides of the pasture, but firefighters were able to quickly contain the blaze and keep it from spreading. No structures ere damaged. Firefighters had to cut a barbed wire fence to allow access for a wildland fire truck. They also had a truck stationed in the ditch and passed a fire hose through the fence (lower right). Firefighters had to make a couple trips to Martensville to refill water tanks but had the fire extinuished in about 45 minutes. Warman RCMP were on scene to control traffic.

That evening, at 8:16 p.m., Martensville firefighters were called to a two-vehicle collision at the intersection of Highway 12 and Township Road 382 (Lutheran Road).

Martensville Deputy Fire Chief Dean Brooman said no extrication was required. Two patients were medically assessed by Martensville Fire Department at the scene. Patient care was then transferred to paramedics with Medavie Ambulance, who transported the patients to hospital in Saskatoon.