Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service responds to a carbon monoxide incident and a house fire
Released: 8:20 a.m.
Winnipeg, MB – At 10:13 p.m. on Monday, December 14, 2020, the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service (WFPS) responded to reports of a smell of gas and an alarm sounding in a four-storey apartment building in the 2300 block of McGillivray Boulevard.
When crews arrived on scene, they ensured all occupants had safely evacuated. Crews used a detector inside the building and confirmed the presence of carbon monoxide, with readings between 15-21 parts per million (ppm) at various locations in the building. Crews ventilated the building and Manitoba Hydro responded and repaired the problem, which was related to the building’s boiler.
All occupants were able to return to their suites. No injuries were reported.
WFPS reminds residents about the extreme danger of carbon monoxide, which is a colourless, odourless, tasteless gas produced by the combustion process. Symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning are flu-like and include nausea, dizziness, confusion, vision and hearing loss, but no fever.
To prevent carbon monoxide poisoning:
- Never idle vehicles in an attached garage, even if the door is open.
- Have fuel-burning appliances such as furnaces, wood-burning fireplaces, and gas dryers cleaned and checked annually by a qualified service technician.
- Ensure all fresh air intake vents, exhaust vents, and chimneys are clear of snow, insulation, leaves, bird nests, lint, and debris.
- Make sure wood stoves are properly installed and vented.
- Don’t operate gasoline-powered engines, charcoal or propane barbecues or grills, kerosene stoves, or propane heaters indoors or in enclosed spaces.
Residents are strongly encouraged to install a carbon monoxide alarm on every floor of their home. If you suspect carbon monoxide in your home, exit immediately, and call 911.
At 3:44 a.m., on Tuesday, December 15, 2020, the WFPS responded to reports of a fire in a vacant two-storey house in the 600 block of Redwood Avenue.
When crews arrived, they encountered smoke coming from the house. Crews launched an offensive attack, declaring the fire under control at 4:08 a.m.
Crews searched the building and no occupants were located. No injuries were reported.
The cause of the fire is under investigation. No damage estimates are available at this time.
Advisory Committee Struck to Consider Options on the Future of the Hudson’s Bay Building in Downtown Winnipeg
Released: 10:37 a.m.
Winnipeg, MB – Today, Mayor Brian Bowman announced the formation of The Bay Downtown Advisory Committee, which will advise on opportunities for the future use of the Hudson’s Bay Company’s (HBC) landmark downtown location at 450 Portage Avenue.
“Many Winnipeggers have fond memories of the Bay Downtown and it has historical significance to the history of our city,” said Mayor Brian Bowman. “While it is disappointing to see this landmark location close its doors, it represents an opportunity to think creatively about how this prime real estate can continue to have significance in our downtown. I’m looking forward to hearing back from the Committee over the coming months.”
Membership of The Bay Downtown Advisory Committee will consist of:
- Dayna Spiring, President, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Economic Development Winnipeg Inc., City of Winnipeg (Chair)
- Sandy Riley, CEO of Richardson Financial Group Ltd.
- Sherri Rollins, Councillor for Fort Rouge, East Fort Garry, City of Winnipeg
- Jessica Dumas, President of Jessica Dumas Coaching and Training
- Kate Fenske, CEO of Downtown Winnipeg BIZ, City of Winnipeg
- Angela Mathieson, President, CEO of CentreVenture, City of Winnipeg
- Bruce Moore, Senior Vice President Real Estate, Hudson’s Bay
- John Kiernan, Director of Planning, Property and Development, City of Winnipeg
Members of the Committee will engage with HBC to understand its desired divestment strategy, engage with interested third parties and advise on ways to possibly engage the private and public sector on the repurposing of the building. The Committee will also engage partners committed to conserving and respecting the building’s historical designation.
The Committee will consider and pursue a variety of future use opportunities including, but not limited to, residential, mixed use, commercial use, educational, cultural, social and public service options. The Committee will advise on the optimal use of the building and prioritize plans which emphasize the long-term sustainability and economic viability of the site.
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