House destroyed by fire in Winnipeg’s Lord Roberts neighborhood

A 2-story home in Winnipeg was engulfed in flames on Wednesday, leaving an ice-cold shell Thursday morning as firefighters battled through the night in cold temperatures.

Emergency crews were called just before 10pm to the single-family home on Beresford Avenue, off Daly Street. When they arrived, the fire was already going on and heavy smoke was covering the air.

Everyone inside the house had managed to get out safely, while a neighboring house was also evacuated as a security measure, it is stated in a press release from the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service.

Some of the flames were repulsed before crews were forced to leave the house due to security concerns.

Several hoses as well as an air ladder to target the roof were used and crews were often rotated due to the extreme cold. Temperatures through the night dropped to -33 C with a wind chill that made it feel more like -45, according to Environment Canada.

A collapse zone was also created around the house due to concerns about its structural integrity. A large part of the roof had fallen in Thursday morning.

Everyone inside the 2-storey house managed to get out to safety, while a neighboring house was also evacuated for safety. (Walther Bernal / CBC)

The house is expected to be totally lost and the cause of the fire will be investigated when the fire department is finished.

They are expected to be on site for an extended period of time.

The street is closed to traffic and people are asked to avoid the area.

Cats found dead in Talbot fire

City firefighters were also called to a fire in the Elmwood neighborhood around 9:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Flames could be seen coming from a two-story duplex on Talbot Avenue between Gray and Eaton streets, the WFPS release said.

All occupants were already out and unharmed when the crews arrived, but two cats were found dead inside. In addition, a firefighter suffered a minor injury, which was treated on the spot.

The fire was declared under control at 10 p.m.

The City of Winnipeg’s emergency services were called in to help residents find temporary housing.

The cause of the fire is being investigated and there are currently no damage assessments.

One unit in the duplex has fire and smoke damage, while the other unit has some smoke damage. There is no estimate of injuries.

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