Investigation into possible meth lab closed Smith Street for hours

Smith Street has reopened to traffic between Broadway and York Avenue, several hours after the block was closed as Winnipeg police investigated the possibility of a meth lab inside an apartment building.

Smith Street reopened to traffic 3 hours after emergency crews were called to area

Smith Street remains closed between Broadway and York Avenue this afternoon as Winnipeg police investigate the possibility of a meth lab in the downtown area. 0:45

Smith Street has reopened to traffic between Broadway and York Avenue, several hours after the block was closed as Winnipeg police investigated the possibility of a meth lab inside an apartment building.

The street opened just after 5 p.m., three hours after emergency crews were first called to the area.

Fire district chief Dan Tomchuk said 128 Smith St. was evacuated, with a total of six tenants forced to leave the three-storey apartment building.

"In one of the suites, we found some concerning evidence there and the police are going to investigate further at this point, and it's in their hands now," he said.

Police say no injuries were reported.

Yellow tape warning of a "chemical hazard" cordoned off the block as numerous fire trucks, ambulances and police vehicles surrounded the area.

A number of fire trucks, ambulances, transit and police vehicles are seen on Broadway and Smith Street in downtown Winnipeg on Thursday afternoon. (Dave Gaudet/CBC)

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