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Winnipeg fire crews battle balcony blaze in St. James area

Winnipeg fire crews were called to a Westwood Drive apartment Sunday night after a fire started on an eighth-floor balcony.

RAW: Winnipeg fire crews battle balcony blaze in St. James area

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Winnipeg fire crews were called to a Westwood Drive apartment Sunday night after a fire started on a balcony several storeys from the ground.

Emergency crews arrived at around 6:30 p.m. and entered the building. Firefighters could be seen on the eighth and ninth floor balconies battling the blaze.

People were seen standing outside the building. It's not known how many residents were inside at the time of the fire.

A witness at the scene told CBC News fire crews had closed off parts of Portage Avenue.

Area resident Steve McKeigan witnessed the fire and captured it on camera. McKeigan said he was relaxing at his home on Shelley Street when his wife noticed the fire from their living room.

"The fire was going, it was spreading quite rapidly so at that point I was out in the backyard yelling at residents in the apartment building that they needed to evacuate," he said.

McKeigan said he was worried about some of the seniors that live in the building.

"The thing I found alarming was, you know, the residents of the block in the next apartment were ... just standing watching it, the lack of sense of urgency on some of the residents was kind of shocking."

McKeigan said at one point he saw a person with a fire extinguisher trying to douse the flames on the balcony.

"From my vantage point, I could see the fire was spreading to three floors. It was quite big."

Officials haven't yet released details about how the fire started or whether there were any injuries. The city said a few fire personnel remained on the scene after 9 p.m.

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