Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service responds to fires on Marion Street and Roslyn Road
Released: 10:06 a.m.
Winnipeg, MB – The Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service (WFPS) responded to two structure fires this morning.
Marion Street fire
At 6:15 a.m. on Friday, October 21, 2022, the WFPS responded to a monitored fire alarm activation in a 16-storey, high-rise apartment building at 101 Marion Street.
When crews arrived on scene they found heavy smoke in the building. Due to the significant safety concerns involved when dealing with a large structure, a second alarm was called which increased the number of apparatus on scene.
Crews launched an offensive fire attack, declaring the fire extinguished at 7:53 a.m. Firefighters were aided by the use of Flameguard X-Tinguish Fire Suppression Tool (FST), an aerosol device that reduces temperatures, which allows for safer access. The FST generates a mist that expands to flood the space, suppressing flames within seconds.
Paramedics assessed approximately 15 individuals at the scene. Three patients were transported to hospital – one in critical condition and two in unstable condition.
Fire damage was mostly contained to one floor in the building, but other areas of the building suffered significant smoke and water damage. At this time, it is not known how many suites are impacted, or how many residents will be displaced. Representatives from Manitoba Housing are on scene to arrange alternate accommodations for displaced residents.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.
Roslyn Road fire
At 6:44 a.m. on October 21, 2022, the WFPS responded to reports of a fire in a vacant three-storey building in the 0 to 100 block of Roslyn Road.
Upon arrival on scene, crews found heavy smoke and flames coming from the structure. An offensive attack was launched and the fire was declared under control at 7:02 a.m.
Crews completed a search of the building and no occupants were found. No injuries were reported.
The cause of the fire is under investigation. Damage estimates are not available at this time.
Upcoming temporary road closures this weekend
Released: 11:00 a.m.
Winnipeg, MB – The following two temporary road closures will take place this weekend.
Bison Drive, from Pembina Highway to Markham Road, will be closed for a railway crossing repair on Saturday, October 22 at 7 a.m. until Sunday, October 23 at 10 p.m.
Kennedy Street, from York Avenue to Broadway, will be closed intermittently for film production on Saturday, October 22 from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m.
Motorists are advised to allow additional travel time use alternate routes to their destinations while the closures are in effect, and download the Waze app in advance and use it for real-time traffic updates.
Transit will be rerouted during the closures. Follow @TransitAlerts on Twitter for details and updates.
For regular updates on City of Winnipeg lane closures and to view lane closures on an interactive map, please visit City of Winnipeg – Regional Lane Closures.
Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service performs water rescue at The Forks
Released: 12:46 p.m.
Winnipeg, MB – At 2:06 a.m. on Friday, October 21, 2022, the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service (WFPS) responded to reports of an individual being swept down the Assiniboine River, moving towards The Forks.
The WFPS drone was launched and crews were positioned along the riverbank to search for the victim. At 2:24 a.m. crews located the individual near The Forks footbridge, approximately three metres from shore. Firefighters entered the water and were able to bring them to safety. The patient was then transported in the WFPS Zodiac to a waiting ambulance. Paramedics assessed the individual and transported them to hospital in stable condition.
At this time, it is not known how long the individual was in the water or why.
Residents are reminded to exercise caution around all waterways at this time of year. Rivers, streams, and retention ponds are dangerous and cold. With cold weather on the horizon, parents and educators should remind children about the risks of cold water and thin ice.
City of Winnipeg sees record-setting advance voter turnout for 2022 Municipal and School Boards Election
Released: 4:41 p.m.
Winnipeg, MB – Eligible voters have turned out in record numbers to take advantage of advance voting opportunities across the city.
A total of 41,895 voters participated in advance voting for the 2022 Municipal and School Boards Election, marking a 5.1% increase from the 39,840 electors who voted at advance polls in 2018, when the previous advance voting record was set.
“Every election, our goal is to streamline the process, reduce wait times, and improve service for people casting a ballot,” said Marc Lemoine, City of Winnipeg Senior Election Official. “We’re seeing the results of that initiative based on the record number of voters who took advantage of the convenient opportunities.”
Advance voting locations were available across the city from October 3 – 21 in malls, universities, seniors’ residences, hospitals, and other convenient locations.
“We’re very pleased with all of the positive feedback we’ve received so far, and the fact that electors have turned out in record numbers ahead of Election Day means a lot to everyone involved,” he added. “And, of course, we want to encourage all eligible voters who have not yet voted to cast their ballots next week.”
Election Day is Wednesday, October 26. Polls will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Voter’s notices outlining designated election day voting locations have been mailed to all registered voters. Residents are encouraged to bring their notice with them when they head to their designated voting location. In the absence of a voter’s notice, voters can head to winnipeg.ca/wheredoivote to find their election day voting location.
Voters are required to bring valid identification that shows their name and current home address – such as a driver’s license – when they head to the polls. In the absence of a driver’s license or enhanced identification card, any two documents that together show the voter’s name and current home address will also be accepted.
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