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Multiple Fires Prompt WFPS Response in Winnipeg

Winnipeg, October 18, 2023 – The Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service (WFPS) sprang into action today, responding to two separate structure fires in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

The first incident occurred at 12:10 a.m. on Eugenie Street, where a two-and-a-half storey, multi-family residence was engulfed in flames. WFPS crews arrived swiftly to find smoke billowing from the building. Thanks to the prompt activation of working smoke alarms, all occupants had evacuated safely prior to the arrival of the firefighters. After a defensive fire attack followed by an internal operation, the blaze was successfully contained by 12:55 a.m. Displaced residents were assisted by the City of Winnipeg’s Emergency Social Services (ESS) team, who helped them secure temporary accommodations. The cause of the fire remains under investigation, with damage estimates pending.

The second incident unfolded at 7:11 a.m. in the 1000 block of Main Street, where smoke was reported in a commercial structure. WFPS crews swiftly conducted an interior fire attack, bringing the situation under control. Occupants of the building had already evacuated safely. Preliminary findings indicate that an electrical failure in the furnace caused the fire.

In response to these incidents, WFPS issued safety reminders to residents, emphasizing precautions such as maintaining a safe distance from heating sources, annual professional inspections of furnaces and chimneys, and the importance of turning off portable heaters when not in use. Vigilance and adherence to these safety guidelines are crucial in preventing future fire incidents.


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