Winnipeg emergency crews remain at the scene of a fire at a West End rooming house that created tense moments for firefighters on Monday morning.

Fire crews were called to the 2½-storey house on the 600 block of Maryland Street at about 10:30 a.m. CT Monday.


Smoke can be seen rising from a house on fire in the 600 block of Maryland Street on Monday. (Marianne Klowak/CBC)

At one point, flames could be seen shooting from the roof of the house, and thick smoke was filling the sky above it.

Everyone who was inside the home was able to escape safely.

Firefighters also had to get out because conditions became too dangerous, forcing them to fight it from the exterior only.

Deputy fire chief Bill Clark said fire in the floor space between the second and third floors created a hazard for firefighters.

"They were in the structure for a bit of time, but what happened due to the fire load in between the walls … and [the] type of construction involved, that the fire actually started flashing over and drove the firefighters out," Clark told reporters.

Clark said the firefighters were not hurt. The cause of the blaze remains under investigation.

While the fire is currently under control, Clark said it could be a while before it is completely extinguished.

"They'll be working at this for some time," he said.

Maryland between Notre Dame Avenue and Sargent Avenue remains closed as of Monday afternoon and is expected to stay that way for several hours, police said.

The public is advised to avoid the area.

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