FIRE VICTIM BADLY HURT
One sent to hospital following early-morning fire
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.