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Winnipeg Fire Paramedics Tackle Two Morning Blazes

By Staff Writer | Winnipeg | November 14, 2023

Early this morning, the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service (WFPS) were called into action, responding to two separate structure fires in the city.

The first call at 4:34 a.m. led the WFPS to the 400 block of Redwood Avenue, where a two-storey, multi-family residence faced an unexpected blaze. Smoke billowed from the building upon arrival, prompting crews to swiftly enter and combat the flames internally. Thanks to their prompt intervention, by 4:59 a.m., the fire was successfully brought under control. Miraculously, all occupants evacuated the building unharmed, with no reported injuries. However, the fire's aftermath has caused damage confined primarily to one suite. Investigations into the incident are ongoing, and damage estimates remain pending.

WFPS crews were then sent to another scene at 7:18 a.m., this time to the KeKiNan Centre at 100 Robinson Street, a single-storey assisted living center. Thick, black smoke emanated from the building, demanding immediate action from the firefighting units. A diligent offensive was launched, culminating in the containment of the fire to a solitary suite by 7:47 a.m. As residents were aided in evacuating their suites, paramedics on-site assessed two individuals. Regrettably, one person required hospitalization due to their unstable condition, while the other did not necessitate transport. Fortunately, no other injuries were reported.

Preliminary investigations at the Robinson Street site point toward an accidental fire sparked by the improper disposal of smoking materials.


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