Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service responds to fire on Devonshire Drive West
Released: 5:56 p.m.
Winnipeg, MB – At 3:04 p.m. on April 24, 2021, the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service (WFPS) responded to reports of a fire in a three-storey condominium complex in the 1000 block of Devonshire Drive West.
When crews arrived on scene, they encountered smoke in the building and launched an offensive attack. The fire was quickly knocked down, with the building’s sprinkler system helping to control the fire before crews’ arrival.
No injuries were reported. Fire damage was contained to a single suite. Occupants from all other suites were able to return once ventilation of the building was complete.
The cause of the fire is under investigation and no damage estimates are currently available.
Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service responds to fire on Rougeau Avenue
Released: 7:38 p.m.
Winnipeg, MB – At 5:55 p.m. on April 24, 2021, the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service (WFPS) responded to reports of a fire at a bungalow in the 300 block of Rougeau Avenue.
When crews arrived on scene, they encountered smoke and flames coming from the house. An offensive attack was launched and the fire was declared under control at 6:33 p.m.
All occupants of the house safely self-evacuated prior to the arrival of crews. No injuries were reported.
No damage estimates are currently available. The cause of the fire is believed to be accidental, originating with the barbecue and extending to the deck and house.
Barbecue fires and injuries can be prevented by following these tips:
- Always light the barbecue with the spark ignitor button or a proper barbecue lighter while the lid is open. If you turn on the gas with the lid closed, the gas can start building up inside and lead to a fire.
- Do not hold a cigarette lighter or match over the grill when the gas or propane is on. Doing so can cause a burst of flames resulting in burns to your hands.
- Regularly check all connections on your barbeque to ensure they’re tight and there are no leaks in the hose where gas can escape. This can be done by applying a mixture of soap and water to all connections, hoses, and also to the gas cylinder head. If there is a leak bubbles will start to form or grow rapidly. This can be remedied by tightening the connections or having the defective parts replaced by a trained professional.
- As with all types of cooking, you never want to leave your grill unattended. Make sure to keep children and pets far away.
- If you need to get a propane refill, make sure to keep your tank upright while transporting it and plan to go directly to the refill station and back home. The tank should have a safety plug and never be left in a closed compartment. It’s also a good idea to keep a window open while driving.
- Barbecues of any size should never be used indoors or in an enclosed space because they produce carbon monoxide, which can be deadly. Only use your barbecue outside in a well-ventilated area, spaced apart from any structures, deck railings, fences, overhanging trees, awnings, or eaves troughs.
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