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Person sent to hospital after fire at homeless encampment in Winnipeg

Someone was sent to hospital in unstable condition late Sunday night after a fire broke out near the bridge on Maryland Street in Winnipeg.

Person in unstable condition after fire along riverbank near Maryland Street bridge

Firefighters responded to reports of a fire along the riverbank around 10:50 p.m. Sunday. (Walther Bernal/CBC)

Someone was sent to hospital in unstable condition late Sunday night after a fire broke out near the bridge on Maryland Street in Winnipeg.

Firefighters responded to reports of a fire along the riverbank of the Assiniboine River, near the Maryland Street Bridge, around 10:50 p.m. Sunday, a city spokesperson told CBC News.

Residents living across the river told CBC News they could see flames burning along the riverbank. One of them shot video of the blaze, in which loud pops and bangs could be heard as firefighters arrived.

The fire was quickly extinguished, but one person was sent to hospital in unstable condition as a result, the spokesperson said.

The fire involved a temporary encampment by the south side of the bridge.

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