Austin Street fire sends 2 to hospital, including firefighter

By | July 27, 2020

A Winnipeg house fire sent two people to hospital, including one firefighter, and forced the evacuation of nearby homes Monday morning. 

Firefighters responded to the blaze in a two-storey home on Austin Street North near Euclid Avenue. When they arrived, they found the house engulfed in heavy flames and smoke billowing out of the windows.

Deteriorating conditions forced them to switch from an offensive attack to a defensive approach to combating the fire, the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service said in a news release.

Crews used aerial ladders and an exterior attack, using a drone to monitor the situation. 

Neighbours in surrounding homes were evacuated as a precaution.

Paramedics assessed two people at the scene and took one to hospital. A firefighter was also injured and taken to hospital in stable condition.

The cause of the fire is under investigation. Police were on scene investigating around 8 a.m. Monday morning.

No damage estimate was available, but the house sustained heavy fire, smoke and water damage.

Barbecue coals cause second fire

On Saturday evening, firefighters responded to a separate fire, caused by the improper disposal of barbecue charcoals. 

Crews were called to a house on Dalemore Lane near Colebrook Drive around 8:05 p.m.

They found heavy flames and smoke coming from the home, but got the fire under control within about half an hour.

No one was injured. 

Winnipeg firefighters issued a reminder of safe grilling practices:

  • When using a charcoal grill, let the coals cool completely before disposing of them in an empty metal container. Extinguish coals fully with water before leaving.

  • Keep your grill clean by removing grease or fat buildup from the grills and the trays below the grill.

  • Keep your grill far away from your home, deck railings, and out from under eaves troughs and overhanging trees or branches.

  • Never leave your grill unattended and keep children and pets far away from the grill.

  • Keep charcoal fluid out of the reach of children and away from heat sources.

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