Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service update: Furby Street & Quelch Street fires

Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service responds to three structure fires


Released: 9:21 a.m.

Winnipeg, MB – The Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service (WFPS) responded to three fires since last evening.

Alfred Avenue

At 9:05 p.m. on Thursday, October 13, 2022, the WFPS responded to reports of a fire in a vacant house in the 300 block of Alfred Avenue.

At the scene, crews saw smoke and flames coming from the house. Firefighters attacked the fire from the outside until it was safe to enter the house to attack from the inside. The fire was under control at 9:45 p.m.

Crews searched the house to ensure no one was inside. No one was injured. The cause of the fire is under investigation. No damage estimates are available.

WFPS responded to a fire at this location on October 9, 2022.

Furby Street

At 12:22 a.m. on Friday, October 14, 2022, the WFPS responded to reports of a fire in a multi-unit residential building in the 500 block of Furby Street.

At the scene, crews saw large flames and heavy smoke coming from the house. Firefighters attacked the fire from the outside. Crews continue to work at this location and are expected to be on scene into the morning. The building is expected to be a total loss.

No injuries have been reported. The City of Winnipeg’s Emergency Social Services team responded to the scene to assist ten residents in finding temporary alternative accommodations. Two neighbouring homes were evacuated as a precaution.

Furby Street is closed in both directions between Sargent Avenue and Ellice Avenue.

Quelch Street

At 5:41 a.m. on Friday, October 14, 2022, the WFPS responded to reports of a fire in a two storey apartment building in the 100 block of Quelch Street.

At the scene, crews saw smoke and flames coming from the building. Crews attacked this building from the outside using aerial ladders. Crews continue to work on scene and are expected to be there into the morning.

No injuries have been reported. Residents in a nearby building are being evacuated as a precaution.

Logan Avenue is closed in both directions between Cecil Street and Vine Street until crews complete their work. Access to Weston School may be temporarily impacted as a result of this incident.

Free menstrual products now available at select City facilities across Winnipeg

One-year pilot project designed to provide free access to menstrual products launched to reduce stigma and barriers

Released: 12:22 p.m.

Winnipeg, MB – The City of Winnipeg is now offering free menstrual products for the public at eight City facilities. These complimentary menstrual products are being provided as part of a one-year pilot project launched to reduce stigma and barriers around menstruation and to make a much-needed basic necessity more easily available to Winnipeg residents.

Free menstrual products are now accessible in the following City facilities:

  • Millennium Library – 251 Donald St.
  • Fort Rouge Leisure Centre – 625 Osborne St.
  • Seven Oaks Pool – 444 Adsum Dr.
  • Freight House Recreation Centre/Central Community Centre – 200 Isabel St.
  • Elmwood Kildonan Pool – 909 Concordia Ave.
  • Turtle Island Neighbourhood Centre – 510 King St.
  • Margaret Grant Pool – 685 Dalhousie Dr.
  • Westdale Community Centre – 550 Dale Blvd.

“We are proud to approve this important initiative and make it possible for those in need of menstrual products to have free access to them at numerous locations across the city,” said Councillor Cindy Gilroy, Chairperson of the Standing Policy Committee on Property and Development, Heritage, and Downtown Development. “The free menstrual product pilot program will be assessed throughout this initial year in hopes of continuing the program in the future and potentially expanding it to further ease access for all people in Winnipeg.”

“Access to menstrual hygiene products and information about menstruation is a basic human right, period,” said Councillor Vivian Santos, Point Douglas. “Not really any different than toilet paper, the City of Winnipeg can provide access to basic hygiene necessities to people who menstruate by offering them in libraries, community clubs and civic buildings. Period poverty, or the inability to afford menstrual products, is a big concern in Canada. This program would at least start removing one of the many barriers that women and girls face today. These products must not only be free of charge, but also be provided in ways that protect privacy, are easily accessible, and are consistent in delivery and availability.”

Council has approved $58,500 to support the one-year pilot project, which will operate through September 2023. During the pilot, the City will track data, uptake, and assess delivery to determine if the program can be extended or expanded in the future.

Information on the free menstrual product pilot project is available at winnipeg.ca/menstrualproducts.

Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service update: Furby Street & Quelch Street fires


Released: 4:47 p.m.

Winnipeg, MB – The following are updates on fires that occurred on Furby Street and Quelch Street earlier today.

Furby Street

At 12:22 a.m. on Friday, October 14, 2022, the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service (WFPS) responded to a fire in a multi-unit residential building in the 500 block of Furby Street.

Crews fought the fire from the exterior of the building. It was extinguished at 10:20 a.m.

No injuries were reported. The City of Winnipeg’s Emergency Social Services team assisted ten residents in finding temporary alternative accommodations.

The cause of the fire is under investigation, and the building is considered to be a complete loss.

Quelch Street

At 5:41 a.m. on Friday, October 14, 2022, the WFPS responded to a fire in a two-storey apartment building in the 100 block of Quelch Street.

Crews worked at the scene throughout the day using aerial ladders to drown out the fire. It was extinguished at 2:14 p.m. The structural integrity of the building is believed to be damaged, posing a safety risk. As such, arrangements are being made for the building to be demolished.

No injuries were reported. Two cats from the building are considered missing, but crews reported seeing cats that matched their descriptions near the scene. Neighbourhood residents are asked to contact the Winnipeg Humane Society if they find a lost tuxedo (black and white) cat or a grey cat.

All roads in the area have re-opened and access to Weston School has been restored.

The fire remains under investigation, and no damage estimates are available at this time.


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