Tue. May 17th, 2022

No injuries were reported after a temporary camp in central Winnipeg went up in flames Friday night, the city said.

Crews from the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service arrived around 7:40 p.m., the city of Winnipeg said in a news release Saturday morning.

They found a large fire that was already engulfing what the press release described as several makeshift structures in the 100-block camp on Higgins Avenue.

That part of Higgins is east of Main Street and just north of the city center.

Heat from the fire also damaged nearby water mains, and surrounding structures were protected until the supply lines could be disconnected, the release said.

The fire was declared under control approximately 20 minutes after the crews arrived. Emergency personnel did not find anyone in any of the improvised structures.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation, the statement said.

The fire comes after the city of Winnipeg banned camps and fires under or near bridges due to safety concerns.

The city said it has seen a jump in the number of fires around bridges from 56 throughout last year to 96 per. September 22 this year.

Furniture and materials that appeared heavily incinerated were seen in the area Saturday. (Darin Morash / CBC)

In February last year, a person was killed after an explosion at a homeless camp at Higgins and Anabella Street, close to where Friday night fire broke out.

And a year ago this month, a person was sent to the hospital in an unstable condition after a fire broke out at a camp near the Maryland Street Bridge.

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