Firefighters are reminding the public of safety measures after improperly disposed of smoking materials sparked a fire at an 11-storey apartment building on Kennedy Street.

Just after 4:30 p.m. on Friday, July 5, Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service crews responded to a fire alarm at a high-rise apartment building located in the 300 block of Kennedy Street.

Upon arrival, firefighters discovered smoke and flames in one of the suites. An offensive fire attack was promptly initiated, and the fire was declared under control by 4:52 p.m.

The resident of the affected suite had evacuated before the firefighters' arrival.

The City of Winnipeg says that no injuries were reported. Preliminary investigations indicate that the fire was accidental, caused by improper disposal of smoking materials.

The WFPS reminds residents to adhere to the following safety tips to prevent such incidents:

  • Always extinguish smoking materials in a proper ashtray or deep metal container placed on a sturdy surface, away from anything that can burn.
  • Avoid smoking in bed or on flammable surfaces like upholstered furniture.
  • Stay alert while smoking and avoid smoking when feeling drowsy or after taking medications or substances that induce sleepiness.
  • Ensure ashes and butts are fully extinguished by dousing them in water or sand before disposal.
  • Keep cigarettes, lighters, and matches out of the reach of children or in a locked cabinet.
  • Never dispose of butts from balconies, decks, car windows, or near vegetation such as grass, leaves, or brush.
  • Avoid using plant pots as ashtrays, as potting soil contains combustible materials that can smolder and potentially ignite surrounding combustibles.