September 15, 2020
Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service responds to fire on Mountain Avenue
Released: 7:05 a.m.
Winnipeg, MB – At 1:43 a.m. on September 15, 2020, the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service responded to reports of a fire in a vacant two-storey house in the 300 block of Mountain Avenue. The fire was reported by on-duty Winnipeg Police Service members.
When WFPS crews arrived on scene, they encountered a well-involved fire with heavy smoke and flames coming from the structure. As it was not safe to enter the house, a defensive attack was launched. The fire was declared under control at 5:06 a.m.
The WFPS drone, with its thermal imaging camera, was used at the scene to provide the Incident Commander with aerial views of the fire. This assisted by locating hot spots so water streams could be strategically deployed.
Two neighbouring homes were temporarily evacuated as a precaution. All residents have now been allowed to return to their homes. No injuries were reported.
The cause of the fire is under investigation. Damage estimates are not available at this time but the house had previously been damaged by a fire last month.
Statement from Mayor Brian Bowman Regarding Significant Funding Milestone for the North End Sewage Treatment Plant
Released: 10:42 a.m.
Winnipeg, MB – Statement from Mayor Bowman:
“Since 2016, the City of Winnipeg has been alone in its efforts to upgrade the North End Sewage Treatment Plant and today marks a milestone in those efforts to gain significant funding commitments from the provincial and federal governments.
A report published today communicates the provincial government's request to transfer approximately $320 Million from the federal Public Transit Infrastructure Stream to the Green Infrastructure Stream of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program.
If approved by Council and subsequently approved by the federal government, this would be a welcome prioritization of $589 Million dollars of provincial and federal funding toward City Council’s number one infrastructure priority, the North End Sewage Treatment Plant. I am pleased to see the provincial government joining the City in taking steps to protect the future development of our city and the future of Lake Winnipeg.
Winnipeg's remaining share of federal transit funding would be $203.61 Million. If matched by the Province and the City, this represents $534 Million in much needed dollars that could be used to invest in public transit in Winnipeg after the Winnipeg Transit Master Plan is completed in 2021 and implementation begins."