Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service responds to fires on Toronto Street and Elgin Avenue

Giveaway Weekend just around the corner: September 10 and 11


Released: 09:19 a.m.

Winnipeg, MB – Do you have items in good condition that you’ll never use again? Find a new owner for those reusable, unwanted items taking up space, or browse the curbs for some great finds, during Giveaway Weekend on September 10 and 11.

Tips if you are giving away items

  • Place unwanted household items at the curb on your front street
  • Label each item with a FREE sticker or sign
  • Store items out of sight that you don’t want to give away
  • Remove leftover items from the curb by dusk on Sunday

Examples of giveaway items include:

  • Books, CDs, and DVDs
  • Furniture, electronics, and small appliances
  • Sports equipment and toys
  • Yard and gardening tools and equipment (e.g., lawn mowers, snow blowers, rakes, and shovels)
  • Kitchen gadgets, dishes, cutlery, pots, and pans
  • Unwanted gifts
  • Construction material (e.g., nails, paint, and wood)
  • Clothing

Please do not put out:

  • Items that could be unsafe
  • Items infested with bed bugs (e.g., mattresses, furniture, and bedding)
  • Toilets (with a flush volume of 13 litres or more)

Tips if you are cruising the curbs looking for treasures

  • Take only the items at the curb marked “FREE”
  • Check all items closely to ensure they are safe and in good condition before you put them in your vehicle or bring them into your home
  • Don’t walk or drive on private lawns or gardens
  • Don’t discard any items on private property
  • Obey the traffic laws at all times (e.g., don’t block traffic, park illegally, or block driveways with your vehicle), drive safely, and watch out for children

More information

For more information on the giveaway weekend, including what to do with leftover items, contact 311 or visit winnipeg.ca/giveawayweekend.

Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service responds to fires on Toronto Street and Elgin Avenue


Released: 09:37 a.m.

Winnipeg, MB – The Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service (WFPS) responded to two fires.

Toronto Street Fire

At 8:53 p.m. on Wednesday, August 31, 2022, the WFPS responded to reports of a fire in a vacant two-and-a-half storey, multi-family residence in the 600 block of Toronto Street.

Upon arrival on scene, crews encountered the structure engulfed in heavy smoke and flames. As it was not safe for them to enter the building, a defensive attack was launched using aerial ladders and handlines. Once some of the flames were knocked down, crews were able to make entry to the structure, transitioning to an offensive attack. The fire was declared under control at 10:49 p.m.

Crews completed a search of the structure and no occupants were found. Both neighbouring homes were evacuated as a precaution.

Three firefighters sustained injuries while fighting the fire. All three were assessed by paramedics and transported to hospital in stable condition for further evaluation.

The cause of the fire is under investigation. Damage estimates are not available at this time but the structure sustained significant fire, smoke, and water damage. One of the neighbouring homes also sustained exposure damage.

Elgin Avenue Fire

At 12:53 a.m. on Thursday, September 1, 2022, WFPS responded to reports of a fire in a two-storey duplex in the 500 block of Elgin Avenue.

When crews arrived at the scene they found smoke coming from the structure. An offensive attack was launched and the fire was declared under control at 1:18 a.m.

All occupants safely self-evacuated prior to the arrival of crews. No injuries were reported. The City’s Emergency Social Services were called to assist the displaced residents in finding temporary accommodations.

Preliminary observations suggest the fire was accidental. Damage estimates are not available at this time.


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