July 9, 2019
Released: 7:35 a.m.
Winnipeg, MB – At 9:54 p.m. on July 8, 2019, the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service responded to reports of a fire in three-storey, walk-up apartment building in the 400 block of Furby Street. Upon arrival crews found smoke and flames. After knocking down some of the flames from the exterior, crews entered the building and launched an offensive attack. The fire was declared under control at 10:19 p.m. with crews able to confine it to the suite where it originated.
Occupants of the apartment block had self-evacuated prior to the arrival of crews. Most of the occupants were able to return to their suites after the fire was extinguished. No injuries were reported.
The cause of the fire is under investigation. No damage estimates are available at this time.
Parr Street Fire
At 4:22 a.m. on July 9, 2019, the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service responded to reports of a fire in one and a half storey, single family home in the 300 block of Parr Street. Upon arrival at the scene, crews initiated an offensive, interior attack and had the fire under control by 4:56 a.m.
All occupants of the home had self-evacuated prior to the arrival of crews. No injuries were reported.
Preliminary observations suggest the cause of the fire was accidental due to the careless disposal of smoking materials. Residents are reminded to take extra care when disposing of smoking materials and always follow these tips:
- Always use a deep, sturdy ashtray and place it away from anything that can burn.
- Before you throw away butts and ashes, make sure they are out. Dousing them in water or sand is the best way to do that.
- Never discard butts in vegetation, mulch, potted plants, landscaping or peat moss or other things that could easily ignite.
- Keep cigarettes, lighters, matches, and other smoking materials up high out of the reach of children, in a locked cabinet.
Released: 1:04 p.m.
Winnipeg, MB – At 10:19 a.m. the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service responded to an automatic alarm indicating carbon monoxide gas in a hotel in the 3700 block of Portage Avenue. Once on scene, crews detected carbon monoxide of various levels, up to 385 parts per million, throughout the building.
Crews worked to evacuate the building. So far, crews have transported 46 patients to hospitals in varying conditions. At least 15 were transported in critical condition and five in unstable condition. The WFPS worked closely with the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority and Shared Health to determine patient distribution to hospitals across the city.
In total 52 individuals and one dog were in the hotel at the time of the alarm. Winnipeg Animal Services attended to provide care for the dog.
Manitoba Hydro has shut off gas to the building and is working to determine the cause.
Released: 7:23 p.m.
Winnipeg, MB – At 4:34 p.m. on July 9, 2019, the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service (WFPS) responded to reports of a fire in a vehicle compound near the intersection of Paul Boulevard and St. Mary's Road. Upon arrival on scene, crews found five school buses well-involved in fire. An attack was quickly initiated with crews using a WFPS water tanker to shuttle water to the scene as it is located outside of the water district. The fire was declared under control at 5:34 p.m.
No injuries were reported. The cause of the fire will be under investigation. No damage estimates are available at this time.
Manitoba Avenue Fires
At 5:29 p.m. on July 9, 2019, the WFPS responded to reports of a garage fire in the rear of the 700 block of Manitoba Avenue. Once on scene, crews confirmed a working fire and initiated an offensive attack. While working to extinguish this fire, crews noticed a second fire in a home in the 600 block of Manitoba Avenue. The initial complement of crews divided while awaiting additional dispatched crews to arrive. The garage fire was declared extinguished at 5:46 p.m. and the house fire at 5:52 p.m.
No injuries were reported. The cause of the fires will be under investigation. No damage estimates are available at this time.