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October 23, 2019

 

Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service responds to fires on Agnes Street & St. Anne’s Road

Released: 9:00 a.m.

Winnipeg, MB – At 6:21 p.m. on October 22, 2019, the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service (WFPS) responded to reports of a fire at a one-storey home in the 500 block of Sprague Street. Upon arrival on scene, crews encountered smoke coming from the home and launched an offensive attack. The fire was declared under control at 7:06 p.m.

Once occupant self-evacuated prior to crew arrival, was assessed on scene by paramedics, and was transported to hospital in stable condition. The cause of the fire is under investigation. No damage estimates are available at this time.

Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service Participating in Emergency Response Exercise

Released: 2:30 p.m.

Winnipeg, MB – On Thursday, October 24, members of the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service will participate in a live training exercise organized by the Canadian Pacific (CP) Railway at the CP Winnipeg Yard between McPhillips Street and Arlington Street. As such, residents may notice a congregation of emergency vehicles in the general area.

These exercises are important as they allow first responders from many partner agencies to work together in a relevant public space to educate the public and coordinate response services. They allow responders to practice skills, identify gaps and build relationships.

Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service responds to fires on William Avenue and Furby Street

Released: 3:00 p.m.

Winnipeg, MB – At 8:19 a.m. on October 23, 2019, the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service (WFPS) responded to reports of a fire in a single-family bungalow in the 1800 block of William Avenue. Upon arrival on scene, crews encountered smoke coming from the home and launched an offensive attack. The fire was declared under control at 8:44 a.m.

Occupants of the home safely 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.

No damage estimates are available at this time. The fire was caused by the improper use of candles. Residents are reminded to always take special care when using candles, always following these safety tips:

  • Never leave lit candles unattended.
  • Use approved non-combustible candleholders or bases, and place candleholders on a firm, non-slip surface.
  • Avoid putting lit candles in a drafty area to prevent uneven burning and wax dripping.
  • Extinguish a candle when it burns down to within two inches of its holder or base.
  • Keep candles away from any flammable materials, decorations, curtains, or other combustible material like bedding or cushions.
  • Keep wicks trimmed to half an inch and remove excess wax before storage. Long, crooked wicks can cause uneven burning and wax drippings
  • Always keep candles, matches and lighters out of the reach of children.

At 8:50 a.m. WFPS crews responded to reports of a fire in a two-and-a-half storey, multi-family complex in the 200 block of Furby Street. Upon arrival on scene, crews found smoke and flames and launched an offensive attack. The fire was declared under control at 9:03 a.m.

Occupants of the complex had self-evacuated prior to the arrival of crews. No injuries were reported.

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

October 23, 2019