Local fire department is fighting a fire that burst at a Glencairn home while SaskPower workers were installing a smart meter on Wednesday afternoon. According to the deputy chief with Regina Fire and Protective Services, Gerard Kay, “from what we know right now, Grid One (Solutions) was on scene exchanging the meter, upgrading to the smart meter, and accidentally grounded the electrical circuit which resulted in the ignition and subsequent fire.”
Grid One Solutions is among the contractors working with SaskPower on an elaborate smart meter installation process. Sources confirm that many SaskPower workers are working with Grid One Solutions’ as the company only uses their equipment and management expertise. A spokesperson for SaskPower, Tyler Hopson, stated that “our understanding is that all protocols were being followed by our SaskPower employee on site at the time of the fire.” Hopson highlighted that this is just the third meter-related fire in Regina in the past 10 years.