WINNIPEG — A large fire broke out Monday afternoon at a construction site in the city’s East Kildonan area.
Winnipeg firefighters and police responded to the area of London Street and Kimberly Avenue at around 3:30 p.m to find a four-storey condominium complex engulfed in flames.
“Crews immediately launched a defensive fire attack on the framed structure using aerial ladders and hose streams,” the city said in a release. “A second, and then third alarm were called to increase the number of apparatus on-scene to assist in fire operations and to help ensure the safety of residents in the area.”
The fire quickly spread to two adjacent condo buildings and a parking garage on the property, the fire extended to all three structures.
People from a home on nearby Dowhan Crescent and those from the condos on Kimberly Avenue self-evacuated or were evacuated with assistance from crews.
The Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service says the adverse weather later in the day, including freezing rain, snow and strong winds, created challenging conditions for firefighting with water, trucks, personal protective equipment, and tools freezing up quickly.
It’s not known when residents of the two condo buildings will be able to return to their suites. Winnipeg Transit buses were used to provide temporary shelter to evacuees, while the city’s Emergency Social Services also responded to help in finding temporary accommodations.
The city says the building under construction, as well as the parking garage belonging to the neighbouring condo complex, are considered total losses.
There are no reported injuries as a result of the fire and the cause remains under investigation.