Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service Update: Selkirk Avenue Fires

September 2, 2019


Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service Update: Adsum Drive Fire

Released: 3:25 p.m.

Winnipeg, MB – At 11:50 a.m. on September 2, 2019, the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service responded to a monitored fire alarm in a ten-storey apartment complex in the 200 block of Adsum Drive. Upon arrival on scene, crews were directed to a fire in a third-storey suite. An offensive attack was initiated and the fire was very quickly knocked down. Damage was contained to the suite where the fire originated.

Occupants of the complex had self-evacuated prior to the arrival of crews. They were all able to return to their suites once the fire was extinguished with the exception of the occupants of the suite where the fire occurred. No injuries were reported.

The cause of the fire is believed to be accidental due to unattended cooking. Residents are reminded to always stay in the kitchen while cooking. Stove burners should always be turned off when leaving the kitchen, even for a short time. Anything that can catch fire – oven mitts, wooden utensils, food packaging, towels or curtains – should always be kept away from the stovetop.

Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service Update: Selkirk Avenue Fires

Released: 10:48 p.m.

Winnipeg, MB – At 7:39 p.m. on September 2, 2019, the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service (WFPS) responded to reports of a fire in a vacant commercial building in the 400 block of Selkirk Avenue. The same building had previously been damaged by fire in July 2018. Upon arrival on scene, crews encountered a well-involved fire with heavy flames and thick smoke coming from the structure. An offensive attack was initially launched but deteriorating conditions, with heavy fire in the attic and roof, forced crews to exit the building and transition to a defensive strategy. The fire was declared under control at 9:54 p.m.

Crews completed a search of the building and no occupants were found. Neighbouring buildings were evacuated as a precaution. One individual was assessed by paramedics on scene but did not require transport to hospital.

At 8:55 p.m. WFPS crews responded to reports of a second fire, in the rear of the 700 block of Selkirk Avenue. Once on scene crews found a well-involved garage fire. It was quickly brought under control.

The cause of both fires will be under investigation. No damage estimates are available at this time.