House where human remains found was scene of arson in late August

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A house where human remains were discovered Tuesday in Saskatoon was the site of a fire that was intentionally set last month, Saskatoon police confirmed.

The house in the 400 block of Avenue G South was boarded up when firefighters were called there on Aug. 22 and found visible smoke coming from the front of the structure, according to a media release issued after the incident.

Firefighters located and removed a live cat from the basement, which was left in a neighbour’s care until animal control officers could retrieve it.

“There were no occupants found in the structure and no injuries occurred as a result of this incident,” stated a media release issued after the fire.

Police found human remains inside the house on Tuesday evening after receiving information that an injured or deceased person may be there, according to a police news release issued on Wednesday.

A police spokeswoman said when the information was received is part of the ongoing investigation.

The major crimes unit has ruled the death a homicide. An autopsy is scheduled for Friday.

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