One person is in hospital and several others are displaced after a fire at a Southboine apartment building on Thursday afternoon.

The City of Winnipeg says in a release that emergency crews were called to a monitored fire alarm at a three-storey apartment building on Shelmerdine Drive around 1:10 p.m.

When firefighters arrived they saw flames and smoke coming from the building. They were able to launch an offensive fire attack inside the building, using hose lines to put the fire out. By 1:33 p.m. they had already extinguished the fire.

Some residents were able to self-evacuate before crews arrived on scene, while others were able to shelter in place.

Firefighters searched the building and helped bring one person out. Paramedics assessed the person at the scene and transported them to hospital in critical condition.

The City says that multiple cats were also located during the search. City of Winnipeg's Animal Services Agency was called to provide care for two cats who were injured in the fire.

The City of Winnipeg’s Emergency Social Services team was deployed to assist displaced residents find a temporary place to stay.

The fire caused smoke and water damage to multiple suites. Damage estimates are not available at this time.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.