September 20, 2019
Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service Responds to Fire on Red Spruce Road
Released: 12:15 p.m.
Winnipeg, MB – At 9:41 a.m. on September 20, 2019, the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service (WFPS) responded to reports of a fire in a two-storey, single family residence in the 0-100 block of Red Spruce Road. Upon arrival on scene, crews encountered fire on the roof of the building. An offensive attack was launched and the fire was quickly brought under control at 10:27 a.m. The home suffered significant damage to the roof and attic.
One occupant in the home at the time of the fire safely self-evacuated prior to crew arrival. No injuries were reported.
The fire is believed to be caused by a lightning strike. No damage estimates are available at this time.
Morning thunderstorm requires significant City response
Released: 3:15 p.m.
Winnipeg, MB – The City of Winnipeg experienced a high level of calls for service in response to the effects of a thunderstorm earlier today.
The City’s 311 services experienced delays in the late morning as it fielded over 250 inquiries in just over an hour related to flooded catch basins, as well as sewer and drainage issues.
The following reports have been received as of 1:30 p.m.:
- Plugged Catch Basin – Front Street: 191
- Plugged Catch Basin – Back Lane: 28
- Manhole Cover Off or Ajar: 10
- Sewer Back-up – Clean Water: 8
- Sewer Back-up – Raw Sewage: 5
- Damaged trees: 13
Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service (WFPS) crews responded to a number of reports of vehicles submerged on streets flooded as a result of the storm. The 911 calls indicated many of the vehicles had individuals trapped inside who required assistance. Crews attended to all the reported locations and in total extricated six individuals.
WFPS also responded to a house fire in the Bridgwater area believed to have been caused by lightning. The occupant in the home at the time of the fire safely self-evacuated prior to crew arrival and no injuries were reported.
With another thunderstorm forecast for this evening, residents are reminded to take precautions including checking your home’s backwater valve and sump pump, and ensuring your eaves troughs and drain spouts are clear. Residents should also drive with caution and avoid flooded roads, particularly as water becomes less visible in the darkness.
Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service Responds to Fire on Rougeau Avenue
Released: 3:30 p.m.
Winnipeg, MB – At 11:58 a.m. on September 20, 2019, the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service (WFPS) responded to reports of a fire in a two-storey townhouse complex in the 0-100 block of Rougeau Avenue. Upon arrival on scene, crews encountered smoke and launched an offensive attack from the interior of the unit and from outside using ground ladders. Crews on the outside of the structure had to briefly halt operations due to lightning and storm conditions which made it unsafe for them to be on the roof and ladders. The fire was declared under control at 12:20 p.m. Damage from the fire was contained to the townhouse suite where the fire originated.
Two occupants in the suite at the time of the fire safely self-evacuated prior to crew arrival. No injuries were reported. A neighbouring unit was temporarily evacuated but occupants are expected to be able to return once crews complete their work on scene.
Preliminary observations suggest the cause of the fire was due to an electrical malfunction in a wall. No damage estimates are available at this time.