Late on Tuesday night, the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service (WFPS) responded to a fire in the eight-storey apartment tower in the 100 block of Hendon Avenue.
WFPS says, "Crews determined there was heavy smoke coming from a suite on the seventh floor."
The building's residents had self-evacuated after hearing the building’s smoke alarm, prior to WFPS' arrival. Paramedics assessed one individual but no one was transported to the hospital.
WFPS says, "A Winnipeg Transit bus attended the scene, providing shelter for evacuees while crews completed their work. All occupants were able to return to their suites with the exception of those living in the suite where the fire originated."
A second alarm was called, increasing the number of apparatus and WFPS crew members on the scene, due to the potential for high life hazards when dealing with an occupied apartment block.
Once additional crews arrived, WFPS initiated an offensive attack and at 11:55 p.m. the fire was declared under control. Fire damage was contained to the suite of origin.
WFPS says, "The cause of the fire is under investigation. No damage estimates are available at this time."