Winnipeg firefighters have been kept busy lately due to a higher than normal volume of calls.
The United Fire Fighters of Winnipeg says the increase of recording-setting fires and damage amounts is a result of arson. This includes a record number of grass fires and large scale fires — including the two multi-million dollar warehouse blazes last Thursday in St. Boniface and the fire on Monday morning on Oak Point Highway.
The UFFW says this is one of the worst years that Winnipeg has experienced for the number of fires and damage associated with them. Along with fire calls, firefighters are also responding to a record number of medical calls, as there are now 37 fire trucks with paramedic response.