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North End duplex complete loss after fire sends one to hospital

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One person is recovering in hospital after an overnight blaze in the North End.

The Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service (WFPS) said the call came in at 12:26 a.m. on Dec. 3, 2023.

Winnipeg fire crews rushed to a two-storey duplex in the 500 block of Manitoba Avenue.

Firefighters arrived to see heavy smoke coming from the structure. They initially fought the fire from the inside, but were forced out by deteriorating conditions. The WFPS said crews transitioned to a defensive fire attack while also protecting neighbouring homes.

Everyone got out safely on their own except for one person, who firefighters helped to safety. The individual was assessed by paramedics and taken to hospital in stable condition. No one else was hurt.

Both neighbouring homes were temporarily evacuated as a precaution. The City of Winnipeg’s Emergency Social Services (ESS) team was deployed to assist the displaced residents in finding temporary accommodations.

The cause of the fire is under investigation. The building suffered significant damages and is considered a complete loss.

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