WINNIPEG -- Firefighters battled a major fire at a Winnipeg apartment building currently under construction on Pembina Highway, Saturday morning.

Around 12:30 a.m., members of the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service responded to a fire in a 15-storey building in the 2500 block of Pembina Highway.

The WFPS said a second alarm was called, increasing the number crew and equipment, due to the high risk of this type of fire.

Once on scene, firefighters battled heavy smoke and flames coming from the building. Crews used a defensive attack, using aerial ladders to fight the fire from outside.

Firefighters also extinguished smaller fires around the building that had started as a result of falling debris.

Two nearby buildings were evacuated as a precaution, but residents have now returned to their homes.

Pembina Hwy was closed in both directions from Bison Drive to Dalhousie Drive as crews put out the fire.

Roads have reopened, but the city said drivers in the area should use extra caution as the water used to fight the fire has made roads icy.