Fire sparks in garage, damages house south of Perimeter

Firefighters were called to a house on Viking Road off of St. Mary's Road at around 2:30 p.m. on Monday.

Firefighters called to house on Viking Road off St. Mary's Road around 2:30 p.m. Monday

First responders from Winnipeg were called to the house fire on Viking Road. (Travis Golby/CBC)

A fire in a garage damaged a house south of the Perimeter Highway on Monday afternoon.

The family was outside the home on Viking Road off of St. Mary's Road when they noticed smoke coming from the garage, Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service Chief John Lane said.

The family went to a neighbour's house and called 911.

Fire trucks got the call around 2:30 p.m. and were on scene within eight minutes, Lane said.

At one point, eight fire trucks were at the fire, plus an ambulance and Winnipeg police. One person was assessed by paramedics but no one had to be taken to the hospital.

Although the fire was put out rather quickly after firefighters went inside to douse it, the house sustained some damage because the garage, where firefighters believe the fire started, is attached to the house.

Although firefighters believe the fire started in the garage, the house also sustained some damage because the garage is attached. (Travis Golby/CBC)

"There's certainly some fire damage in the immediate area, and lots of smoke damage throughout the house," Lane said.

Luckily all the doors of the house were closed, Lane said.

"With that wind, especially if a door was open on the windward side, that could've really accelerated the fire," he said.

There is 'lots of smoke damage throughout the house,' district chief of Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service John Lane says. (Travis Golby/CBC)

Because of the location of the house, firefighters had to haul in a water tanker to ensure they had enough water to put out the fire.


  • We initially reported that one person had been taken to hospital. In fact, the person was assessed by paramedics but not taken to hospital, a Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Association spokesperson said.
    Sep 08, 2020 7:54 AM CT

With files from Travis Golby