Two people are recovering after a fire Monday night that had the potential to turn very tragic.
Emergency crews were called to the Summerland apartment complex on University Crescent just after 7 p.m. The City of Winnipeg says in a release they responded to an automatic alarm at the 15-storey building. A second alarm was called to bring in more emergency personnel "due to the potential for high life hazards when dealing with a high-rise structure."
Firefighters found smoke and fire coming from a suite in the east tower. They launched an offensive attack, containing the fire to the suite of origin and declaring it under control at 7:53 p.m.
People on the floor of the fire were able to self-evacuate before emergency crews arrived, while other residents either self-evacuated or sheltered in place if it was safe to do so.
Paramedics assessed two patients on-scene and transported them to the hospital in stable condition. No other injuries have been reported at this time.
A number of Winnipeg Transit buses were redeployed as a precautionary measure to provide shelter to displaced residents. Most residents were able to return to their suites once crews ventilated the building. The City of Winnipeg’s Emergency Social Services was called to assist two residents in finding temporary accommodations.
Firefighters were able to contain the fire damage to the suite of origin, but some suites and hallway areas suffered water damage. The cause of the fire is under investigation and no damage estimates are available at this time.