Boat Docks Erupt into Flames Near The Forks

Thick smoke billows from a pile of stored boat docks near the Norwood Bridge on Tuesday, April 24, 2012. (YWGGER / TWITTER)
Emergency personnel respond to a fire at the foot of the Norwood Bridge on Tuesday. (STAN MILOSEVIC / CHRISD.CA)

Thick black smoke filled the skies over downtown Winnipeg Tuesday evening after a fire broke out at the foot of the Norwood Bridge near The Forks.

Firefighters responded shortly before 7:30 p.m. to put out what was reportedly stored boat docks that had gone up in flames. Twitter users were quick to grab their smartphones and start tweeting dozens of photos of the smoke billowing over the city.

Smoke fills the air as seen from across the Red River on Tuesday. (YWGGER / TWITTER)

Police closed Main Street between Marion Street and Broadway to run water hoses across Main from nearby hydrants

People in the vicinity of the fire reported the smell of burning rubber in the air. The fire was brought under control roughly 30 minutes later.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

UPDATE: Wednesday, April 25 — Police confirm several portable docks caught fire, which spread to a number of trees in the surrounding area. Damage is estimated at $30,000. No injuries have been reported and the arson unit is investigating.

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