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Winnipeg residence suffers extensive damage after Friday morning blaze on Maryland Street

A Friday morning house fire on Maryland Street temporarily halted traffic between Ellice Avenue and St. Matthews Avenue, according to a news release from the City of Winnipeg.

Traffic between Ellice Avenue, St. Matthews Avenue will be diverted for a few hours

Winnipeg Fire Paramedics Service responds to a two-storey residential fire on Maryland Street, between Ellice Avenue and St. Matthews Avenue, on Friday. (Kevin Nepitabo/CBC)

A Friday morning house fire on Maryland Street temporarily halted traffic between Ellice Avenue and St. Matthews Avenue, according to a news release from the City of Winnipeg.

Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service responded to reports of a fire in a two-storey, multi-family residence shortly before 10:30 a.m., where crews encountered flames and heavy smoke pouring out of the structure.

Crews battled the blaze for nearly two hours, the city says, though crews remained on-scene for an extended period of time addressing hot spots

The suite of origin was unoccupied at the time of the fire, with some occupants self-evacuating prior to arrival from crews.

Others were assisted by firefighters in safely exiting the building, but no injuries were reported. 

Drivers and pedestrians are asked to use caution in the area after water used to fight the fire froze and created slippery conditions.

Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service spent nearly two hours trying to get the blaze under control. It remains under investigation. (Kevin Nepitabo/CBC)

The building suffered major and extensive damage to the attic and suites.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

No damage estimates are available at this time.

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