A Winnipeg family of three with no renter's insurance lost their North End home and everything in it after a house fire Sunday.

Parr Street house fire

Smoke marks can be seen streaking upwards toward the roof from the second floor window of a home on Parr Street after a fire Sunday afternoon. (Wendy Buelow/CBC)

Emergency crews were called to the fire at the home on Parr Street at about 12:30 p.m.

Trudy Genaille's partner, who was in the home when the blaze broke out, got out safely with the family's cat and dog.

Parr Street house fire

Brandon Genaille (left), his mother Trudy Genaille (centre) and her partner Dennis Rudolph (right) lost their home and everything in it in the fire. (Jeff Stapleton/CBC)

"When we got back, my honey was outside and he shouted to us. He said, 'The house is on fire, the house is fire!' " Genaille said. She and her 15-year-old son were at a store at the time of the fire.

"We got back; we seen our whole house was in flames," Genaille said.

Cat rescued in Parr Street house fire

Dennis Rudolph managed to rescue the family cat and dog before the fire destroyed the suite. (Jeff Stapleton/CBC)

Crews got the fire under control but not before it destroyed the home.

"It got into the wall of the exterior," district fire Chief Rick Sterzer said. "They won't be going back in there tonight, that's for sure."

The family's Christmas presents were also lost in the fire.

Charles Rudolph

Charles Rudolph has agreed to let the family stay at a home he owns that is currently being renovated until they can get back on their feet. (Jeff Stapleton/CBC)

"We have nothing," Genaille said. "We have each other. We do need food, we do need clothes. We lost everything in this fire."

The cause of the fire is under investigation. Officials haven't yet released a damage estimate.

There are no active fundraising efforts being carried out yet, but members of the family said they'll use the next couple of days to try to come up with a plan.

The family is staying at a home owned by Dennis's brother, Charles Rudolph. It's currently being renovated and Charles has agreed to let them stay in the home until they can find a permanent place to live.


  • The woman whose home was destroyed is named Trudy Genaille. An earlier version of the story said her name was Charity Jenaille.
    Dec 28, 2015 10:33 AM CT