Fire crews deal with heavy smoke in Smith Street apartment
Fire was contained to a bedroom in 22nd-floor suite, say officials
Winnipeg firefighters spent part of Friday night dealing with a fire near the top of a downtown apartment building.
Crews were called to the highrise in the 100 block of Smith Street, just south of York Avenue, just after 7 p.m.
Heavy smoke was coming out of the 22nd floor of the building. The fire appears to have been contained to one of the bedrooms in a suite, according to fire officials at the scene.
Transit buses were called in to provide temporary shelter for residents who got out of their suites.
One tenant, Janelle-Marie Emond, told CBC News she could smell smoke from her 17th-floor suite.
"I could smell it from, like, when I came outside of my suite, out through my door — I could smell it, and I thought, 'Hmmm, I better go down,'" she said.
"As soon as I came down, I realized this has got to be real because there's this many fire department people here."
The cause of the fire is under investigation. Damages are estimated at $500,000, according to fire officials.