Fire evacuates Sherbrook apartments

A three-storey apartment building at 500 Sherbrook Street after a fire broke out in the kitchen of a second floor apartment. (Tyson Koschik/CBC)

A three-storey apartment building in Winnipeg's West End was evacuated early Saturday morning after a fire broke out inside a suite.

Emergency crews were called to the 500 block of Sherbrook Street, between Ellice and Sargent avenues, at around 3:25 a.m.

The fire had broken out in the kitchen and living area of a second-floor suite, according to officials.

People aren't sure when they'll be allowed back in their apartments. Some residents are staying at a hotel nearby.

Brent Saskowski, who lives in the building, said it was a frightening experience.  

"We just moved into this building Sept. 1," said Saskowski. "And here we are on the 14th, waking up at three o'clock in the morning because there was a fire. 

"I've never been in a fire situation and it was a little bit frightening and just alarming. Not a nice way to wake up in the morning," he continued. 

Staff with the City of Winnipeg's animal services agency were also at the building, picking up some pets left in some of the suites.

No one was hurt, but the fire caused extensive smoke and water damage. Damages are estimated at $300,000.

Investigators are trying to figure out what caused the fire.