West Winnipeg home destroyed by fire
No injuries reported in blaze
The Winnipeg fire chief says a home in the western part of the city is a complete loss following a fire Sunday.
Calls about the blaze at 47 Hamilton Meadows Dr. started coming in around 3 p.m., and Chief John Lane said the home's attached garage was fully aflame when crews arrived.
Firefighters mounted an interior offensive attack at first, said the chief, but had to retreat to a defensive position once the fire began spreading into the two-storey home.
"The fire had too much of a foothold already," he said.
In all, 11 units worked to fight the fire, including a ladder truck, which doused the flames from the air and kept them from spreading to two neighbouring houses.
Firefighters had the fire under control shortly before 6 p.m. Everyone in the house got out safely, including pets, said Lane.
No firefighters were hurt while fighting the fire, but with the icy conditions they were working in, some injuries from slips and falls may be reported in the coming days, Lane told reporters at the scene.
Fighting fires on cold days is taxing for firefighters and their equipment, he said.
"Nothing — machine or man or beast — works particularly well in temperatures like this, so we certainly have some mechanical challenges any time the weather is this cold," he said.
"But the crews quickly overcame them and did what they needed to do here."
The cause of the fire is under investigation and a damage estimate wasn't immediately available.
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With files from Walther Bernal