89 chudley st. winnipeg, mb

A family of nine is looking for a new home, following a fire in a townhouse in Winnipeg's north end.

It's believed the fire may have started in the basement area of one unit. No one was home at the time.

The fire generated considerable smoke and, combined with strong winds, it affected a number of residents in the complex on Chudley Street.

Officials said six adults and two children required treatment for minor smoke inhalation.

"One of the people in suite five was in a wheelchair," Don Shellrude, a district fire chief, said. "It was quite a difficult proposition, but nobody got seriously hurt."


No one was in the unit when the fire broke out in the basement. (Megan Benedictson/CBC)

The couple in the suite that caught fire told CBC News they did not have insurance. While they have lost their home, Manitoba Housing has helped them move into a Winnipeg hotel for the time being.

Their seven children range in age from 2 to 14.

They said it was the second time in nine years that their home was lost due to fire.

The cause of Friday's fire was under investigation.