WINNIPEG — A large-scale fire Thursday night at a St. Boniface auto shop had firefighters on scene well into the early morning hours of Friday.
Crews responded to the 100 block of Provencher Boulevard at around 8:18 p.m. and found heavy smoke and flames coming from the building.
Firefighters used aerial ladder trucks and turned to a defensive attack after deteriorating conditions forced crews back.
Five nearby residents and one bystander were sent to hospital for smoke inhalation. All are listed in stable condition.
Crews were still putting out hot spots Friday morning, but all roadways in the area have since reopened.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.
Statement from president Forrest:
We would like to thank the dozens of people who not only sent in video's and pics of your firefighters in action last night at the dangerous Autobody shop fire in St Boniface, but also for the words of encouragement. #NeverOffDuty pic.twitter.com/iLaZzFEqVc
— United Firefighters of Winnipeg (@UFFW867) February 21, 2020