Elmwood church expected to be total loss after early-morning blaze, Winnipeg firefighters say

Winnipeg drivers are being asked to avoid a section of Elmwood Wednesday morning as a fire at an area church has shut down several roads.

Firefighters were called to the 400 block of Tweed Avenue just before 4 a.m. and weren’t able to enter the building due to heavy fire conditions.

According to the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service, the blaze was declared under control by 5:49 a.m., but the building is expected to be a total loss due to a partial collapse.

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One firefighter was injured in the effort and taken to hospital in stable condition, and a neighbouring home was temporarily evacuated for precautionary reasons.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Road closures related to the fire include Tweed Avenue from Elmwood Road to Allan Street and Watt Street from Thames Avenue to Riverton Avenue.

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