One sent to hos­pi­tal fol­low­ing early-morn­ing fire

Winnipeg Sun - - NEWS -

One per­son was sent to hos­pi­tal as around 30 ten­ants were sent out into the cold fol­low­ing a fire early Sun­day morn­ing at an apart­ment com­plex in the West End, in­clud­ing two peo­ple who were cling­ing to a sec­ond-storey ledge.

At just after 4 a.m., Win­nipeg Fire Para­medic Ser­vice (WFPS) crews re­sponded to a fire alarm in a three-storey walk-up apart­ment com­plex in the 600 block of El­lice Av­enue. When they ar­rived, of­fi­cials said crews en­coun­tered oc­cu­pants of the build­ing self-evac­u­at­ing through the front and rear doors of the build­ing. Two in­di­vid­u­als had evac­u­ated out of win­dows on the sec­ond floor and were cling­ing to a ledge. Crews quickly used lad­ders to bring these in­di­vid­u­als to safety.

A work­ing fire was de­clared and crews launched an in­te­rior, of­fen­sive at­tack. They quickly lo­cated and ex­tin­guished the fire, bring­ing it un­der con­trol by around 4:30 a.m. They then worked to ven­ti­late smoke from the build­ing.

While work to ex­tin­guish the fire was hap­pen­ing, crews were si­mul­ta­ne­ously con­duct­ing a search of the build­ing. Fire­fight­ers lo­cated one in­di­vid­ual still in the build­ing. This in­di­vid­ual was trans­ported to hos­pi­tal in crit­i­cal con­di­tion but has since been up­graded to un­sta­ble con­di­tion. One cat was also lo­cated dead in the build­ing.

Around 30 in­di­vid­u­als were dis­placed from the build­ing. While await­ing the ar­rival of a Win­nipeg Tran­sit bus for shel­ter, they were able to shel­ter in­side of a nearby busi­ness. Upon ar­rival of the bus, paramedics as­sisted the in­di­vid­u­als, and pro­vided as­sess­ments. No other in­juries were re­ported.

The City of Win­nipeg’s Emer­gency So­cial Ser­vices team is on scene to en­sure all dis­placed res­i­dents have some­where safe to re­lo­cate to while the build­ing is un­in­hab­it­able. The City’s An­i­mal Ser­vices Agency is also on scene to pro­vide care for other an­i­mals dis­placed by the fire. Traf­fic in the area will re­main im­pacted un­til crews com­plete their work on scene.

The cause of the fire is un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion and no dam­age es­ti­mates are avail­able at this time.


A po­lice ve­hi­cle sits in front of a three-storey apart­ment com­plex on El­lice Ave. at Mary­land St. yes­ter­day after an early-morn­ing fire sent one per­son to hos­pi­tal and forced dozens of oth­ers out into the cold.

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