Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service Responds to William Avenue Fire

September 8, 2019


Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service Update: Uxbridge Road South Fire

Released: 8:40 a.m.

Winnipeg, MB – At 1:41 a.m. on September 9, the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service (WFPS) responded to reports of a fire in a two-storey home in the 0 to 100 block of Uxbridge Road South. Upon arrival on scene, crews encountered a well-involved fire with heavy flames and smoke coming from the attached garage. Initially, a defensive strategy was launched due to the heavy fire conditions. Once some of the flames were knocked down, crews were able to transition to an interior, offensive attack to complete extinguishment of the fire. The fire was declared under control at 2:29 a.m.

The three occupants of the home had self-evacuated prior to the arrival of crews after hearing their home’s smoke alarms sounding. All three were assessed and treated by paramedics on scene and then transported to hospital in stable condition. No additional injuries were reported.

The cause of the fire is under investigation but not believed to be suspicious. No damage estimates are available at this time.

This incident is a good reminder to residents about the importance of having working smoke alarms. These devices save lives.

  • A working smoke alarm will buy you valuable time – in case of fire, get out, stay out, and call 911
  • Make sure you have one smoke alarm on every level of your home and outside of all sleeping areas and in your basement
  • Smoke alarms should be replaced every 10 years – the date of manufacture is written on the back of the smoke alarm
  • Smoke alarms with disposable batteries should have their batteries replaced twice per year when the time changes
  • You should test your smoke alarm monthly
  • Make sure that everyone in your home knows what to do in the event of a fire and practice your escape plan

For more information on smoke alarms and fire prevention, visit City of Winnipeg – Fire Safety.

Residents whose homes do not have a working smoke alarm, can sign up for the S.A.F.E. (Smoke Alarm for Every) Family Program, which provides and installs free alarms in owner occupied homes. More information on the program can be found at City of Winnipeg – S.A.F.E. Family Program.

Living Prairie Museum seeking volunteers to help collect native prairie seeds

Released: 10:15 a.m.

Winnipeg, MB – The Living Prairie Museum is seeking volunteers to help collect native seeds in some of Winnipeg’s prairie habitats.

Volunteers will learn about the museum’s efforts to conserve the genetic diversity of prairie landscapes, as well as sustainable harvesting practices. Volunteers will also be able to keep some of the seeds they collect.

Volunteers can register to harvest native seeds throughout the city on the following days:

  • September 12 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Little Mountain Park
  • September 18 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Living Prairie Museum’s seed plots in St. Norbert
  • September 25 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Living Prairie Museum’s seed plots in St. Norbert
  • September 26 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Living Prairie Museum

Those interested in volunteering must register by contacting the Living Prairie Museum at 204-832-0167. The location of the seed plots will be provided upon registration.

Follow the museum on Twitter @livingprairie or find it on Facebook and Instagram for updates. For more information visit City of Winnipeg – Living Prairie Museum

Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service Update: Agnes Street Fire

Released: 12:15 p.m.

Winnipeg, MB – At 8:21 a.m. on September 9, 2019, the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service (WFPS) responded to reports of a fire in the rear of the 500 block of Agnes Street and McGee Street. Once on scene, crews encountered a well-involved fire in a garage immediately behind a vacant home on McGee Street. Crews immediately launched an attack while protecting neighbouring homes with additional water streams. The fire was declared under control at 8:46 a.m.

The garage involved was completely destroyed. The house on the same property, as well as both neighbouring homes all sustained fire, smoke and water damage. As well, moderate damage to outdoor property at two additional addresses occurred.

Crews conducted a search of the structure where the fire originated and no occupants were found. Neighbouring homes were evacuated as a precaution. No injuries were reported.

The cause of the fire is under investigation. No damage estimates are available at this time.

Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service Responds to William Avenue Fire

Released: 9:35 p.m.

Winnipeg, MB – At 6:13 p.m. on September 9, 2019, the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service (WFPS) responded to reports of a fire in a two and a half storey rooming house in the 400 block of William Avenue. Upon arrival on scene, crews encountered heavy fire conditions involving the upper two floors of the structure. An offensive attack was quickly launched but deteriorating conditions forced crews to exit the building and fight the fire defensively. Once flames were partially knocked down, they were able to re-enter the structure and complete the extinguishment of the fire. It was declared under control at 7:21 p.m.

All occupants of the house had self-evacuated prior to the arrival of crews. One individual was assessed on scene by paramedics but did not require transport to hospital. No other injuries were reported.

The City’s Emergency Social Services team was deployed to the scene to assist 10 individuals with finding alternate living arrangements.

The cause of the fire is under investigation. No damage estimates are available at this time.