Firefighter one of 2 people hospitalized in blaze at Salvation Army shelter

One person at a Winnipeg shelter, as well as a firefighter, has been taken to hospital after a fire forced the shelter's evacuation late Friday morning.

200 people evacuated after fire reportedly began in a bathroom garbage can

Clients and staff members at the Salvation Army's Booth Centre in Winnipeg wait outside after a fire on the sixth floor forced an evacuation. (Thomas Asselin/Radio-Canada)

One person at a Winnipeg shelter and a responding firefighter have been taken to hospital after a fire forced the shelter's evacuation late Friday morning.

Two hundred people fled the Booth Centre facility on Henry Avenue, east of Main Street, after thick smoke began emanating from the building around 11:10 a.m., said a media release.

The city said one of the building evacuees was taken to hospital in stable condition and a firefighter was transported with non-life threatening injuries.

Crews quickly knocked down the fire, containing it to a single floor. 

The Salvation Army's Maj. Rob Kerr said fire officials told him the blaze was started in a garbage can in a sixth-floor bathroom.

The evacuation order lapsed around 1:30 p.m. once the smoke had cleared. 

Kerr was unaware of any other instance when anyone at the facility was hospitalized due to a fire. 

The cause of the fire is under investigation and no damage estimates are available at this time.