A SaskTel building caught on fire in Spiritwood, Sask., causing all local services including phone, internet and cellular services to be lost. The fire also affects 911 services in the entire area.
Spiritwood RCMP said the area without service is estimated to be from Spiritwood up to Chitek Lake in the north, down to Rabbit Lake in the south, to Debden in the east and a location to be determined in the west.
It says as of right now, there is no way to reach 911 in the entire area and if residents need police services they will have to drive to their local detachment.
There is no estimated time of restoration to services in the area as of yet.
Michelle Englot, the director of external communications for SaskTel, said the fire started at approximately 4 a.m. CT.
"Once our facilities were in jeopardy we do have a network operating centre where alarms go off when there are outages." Englot said.
As for how long the outage will last, Englot said SaskTel is looking at its options.
"We are looking at potentially bringing in a celluar-on-wheels unit for the area," Englot said. "We're definitely looking at what we can do to get services back up temporarily."