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Double High-Rise Fires in Winnipeg, Quick Response by WFPS Saves Lives


Winnipeg, October 29, 2023 - The Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service (WFPS) had a busy Saturday night, responding to not one, but two high-rise fires that occurred within hours of each other.


Kennedy Street Blaze:


The first incident unfolded at 11:49 p.m. in a high-rise apartment building located in the 400 block of Kennedy Street. WFPS received a monitored alarm and wasted no time in rushing to the scene. Upon arrival, firefighters encountered smoke billowing from the building. Realizing the gravity of the situation, a second alarm was triggered, summoning additional crews to the scene.


With residents at risk due to the high-rise nature of the building, firefighters acted decisively. They located the source of the fire and promptly extinguished it. Simultaneously, efforts were made to ventilate the smoke, ensuring the safety of the residents. Quick thinking by the emergency response teams directed residents to shelter in place, a decision that ultimately averted any injuries.


As of now, the cause of the Kennedy Street fire remains under investigation. Although the damage assessment is pending, the timely response by the WFPS undoubtedly minimized potential losses.


Main Street Hotel Fire:


In a strikingly similar incident, at 12:55 p.m. on the same day, WFPS crews hurried to a seven-storey hotel in the 500 block of Main Street following a monitored fire alarm. Smoke was detected within the building, leading the emergency teams to swiftly investigate. In one of the hotel suites, a fire was found, which had fortunately been contained by the building’s sprinkler system.


Firefighters wasted no time in dousing the remaining hot spots, preventing the situation from escalating. Some occupants managed to evacuate the building on their own, while others followed instructions to shelter in place. Once again, due to the efficient response of the WFPS, no injuries were reported.


Similar to the Kennedy Street incident, the cause of the Main Street fire is currently under investigation. Damage assessments are pending, but it is evident that the sprinkler system played a crucial role in minimizing the destruction.


The incidents serve as a reminder of the importance of functional alarm systems, sprinklers, and, above all, the rapid response of emergency services in averting potential disasters.

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