Winnipeg firefighters battled 2 devastating fires Monday afternoon

Winnipeg firefighters were called to two major fires Monday afternoon that severely damaged both buildings.

Just before At 1 p.m., the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service was called to a house on Murray Avenue off McPhillips Street, the City of Winnipeg said in a press release the same day.

Water tankers had to be used to transport water to the fire because the home is outside the city of Winnipeg’s water district.

The fire was so large that crews have not yet been able to search inside the house.

No injuries have been reported at present, the municipality states.

McPhillips Street will be periodically closed in both directions at Murray Avenue to allow fire trucks to pass. Motorists are asked to avoid the area.

The house is expected to be a total loss.

Firefighters were called to a fire on Maryland Street around 2:30 p.m. Monday. A cat was rescued and driven to the care of a neighbor. (Walther Bernal / CBC)

Southbound traffic blocked on Maryland Street

Across the city, firefighters were called to an empty duplex on Maryland Street between Wellington and Notre Dame avenues at 2:39 p.m., the city said in a press release.

When firefighters arrived, black smoke flowed out of the building.

No one was inside the building and no injuries were reported.

Crews found a cat on the spot and placed the pet with a neighbor.

Maryland Street is expected to be closed to all southbound traffic from Wellington to Sargent Avenue for the remainder of the afternoon. Motorists are asked to avoid the area.

The fire was declared under control around 3.30pm, but the duplex experienced extensive fire, water and smoke damage.

Both fires are under investigation.

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